Report: Falcons will not trade Matt Ryan, Julio Jones at NFL trade deadline


Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are still Atlanta Falcons, at least for now.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Falcons will not trade their quarterback or star wide receiver by the Nov. 3 trade deadline.

Both Jones and Ryan’s names have surfaced in recent weeks as potential trade candidates following the Falcons’ firing of head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, but the 1-5 last-place Falcons have told teams that there are no plans to deal either of them, per Schefter.

Moving either player would have major cap implications for the Falcons, although the dead money owed to Jones would be more manageable than Ryan’s $17.9 million in each of the next three seasons should he be traded.

Falcons president Rich McKay and owner Arthur Blank have not committed to Ryan as the quarterback beyond 2020, though.

The 35-year-old has three years and $74.75 million left on his contract, but if the Falcons continue to lose they could be in play for the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes.

“This will not be a situation where we’re going to predetermine the roster for the next head coach and general manager,” McKay said, per Schefter.

The Falcons’ struggles are no fault of Ryan, who entered Sunday with a 65.2 completion percentage and 11 touchdowns to three interceptions while throwing for 1,843 yards.

Jones, 31, also has three years remaining on his contract, which he extended last year for a whopping $64 million guaranteed. He has only appeared in four games for Atlanta due to injury but has still proven to be among the most productive receivers in the league, catching 23 of his 30 targets for 350 yards and two touchdowns.

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