Matt Ryan Signs with Atlanta: Falcons Make Huge Investment in Unknown Future

Casey HCorrespondent IMay 21, 2008

The Atlanta Falcons recently signed a deal with Matt Ryan, the third overall pick of the draft, for an NFL record $72 million dollars, which includes $34.75 million in guarantee.

The guy hasn't even had a snap in the NFL and he's already making more than any other player. Obviously this is a strong statement from the Falcons' owner, Arthur Blank, saying that the Vick era is over. But to pay any rookie that much money is ridiculous.

I feel bad for Ryan, not for all the money of course, but because so much is being invested into him, and there's an added pressure to be a leader and help a struggling Atlanta team win right now.

I can understand why more and more veteran players each year are holding out for money. The guys who are coming in and are new to the NFL game, but are making a lot more. It seems like older players are getting punished even though they have been in the league for a long time and have proved themselves enough to deserve that kind of money.

Teams are taking a big risk in putting that much money into a player, because you can never really predict how well they will adjust to the NFL game.