What do Falcons do with Matt Ryan if he has a good year?


We're just eight days away until Atlanta Falcons players and coaches report to training camp.

It will be the first training camp for head coach Arthur Smith and his new staff, including offensive coordinator Dave Ragone.

One of the bigger questions of the offseason has been Matt Ryan and his future with the franchise, especially with his current contract.

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The Falcons didn't draft a quarterback in the first round, or in any round. They signed QB Feleipe Franks as an undrafted free agent and signed veteran signal-caller A.J. McCarron to be the backup.

Ryan, 36, will have a cap hit of $40.9 million while taking up 23 percent of the entire cap.

What do Falcons do with Ryan if he has a good season? Do they hang onto him and his contract, draft a future QB, or both?

"Of course you want Matt Ryan to play well because you've got to get another quarterback. A.J. McCarron ain't the dude," Randy McMichael said. "You've got to get another quarterback in here to start developing. That's why I think they want a little bit of both."

Do you want him to play well for wins, a fair return, or a good draft pick?

"I just hope whatever happens--and look I want Matt Ryan to play well because that means the Falcons win, and we have more interesting, fun conversations about the Falcons rather than people being mad that they win games in the second half of the season because they want them to tank like the last two years," Andy Bunker added.

"I just hope whatever happens, it's a lot more clear than the John Collins situation. Going into the playoffs, we were hopeful John Collins would give you a very clear identification of what you need to do with him. And the arguments are still the exact same coming out of the playoffs with John Collins. At the end of the season with Matt Ryan, hopefully it's 'obviously you've got to keep him...he's still a franchise quarterback, keep him.'