Matt Ryan Trade – Falcons QB Legend Now A Colt

The Atlanta Falcons have traded their veteran quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2022 third-round draft pick, it was announced yesterday.

Ryan becomes the latest quarterback brought in by the Colts to act as a stop-gap replacement.

Philip Rivers was signed for a short-term deal from the Chargers and after he retired, the Colts moved to snap up Carson Wentz last season from the Eagles.

However, after a somewhat mixed time with the Colts, including a meltdown in the Colts final game of the regular season which saw them miss out on the playoffs, Wentz stay in Indiana proved to be a shot one as he was traded to the Washington Commanders a few weeks back.

Now it seems the Colts may well have elected for a short-term replacement once again, but one with huge quality in the shape of veteran Ryan, the most decorated quarterback in Atlanta Falcon’s history.

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Had Ryan remained with the Falcons beyond 4pm yesterday, he would have been due a

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$7.5 million signing bonus, and it was expected that the Falcons may well seek to ship out the signal caller to avoid that and free up cap space.

Talks with the Colts went relatively smoothly and after 14-years as a Falcon, including one Super Bowl appearance, Ryan will now be under center in Indianapolis next season.

However, to provide the Colts with cap space, Ryan is restructuring his two-year, $53.9 million remaining on his contract.

Since Andrew Luck retired in 2019, the Colts have struggled to find a long-term successor. Philip Rivers lasted just one season, Carson Wentz the same and Ryan’s tenure beyond the two years remaining on his contract is doubtful as he will be almost 39 by the end of the 2023/24 season.

With quarterbacks relatively thin on the ground, and not as talented as in previous draft years, the Colts may also struggle to find a long-term signal caller in the 2022 draft, making 2023 a definitive option, when the likes of Spencer Rattler could be available.

Mariota Reunited With Smith In Atlanta

After Ryan was traded to the Colts, the Falcons moved swiftly to bring in his replacementBucs Falcons Week 15 by agreeing a 2-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders for the former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariota and Falcons head coach Arthur Smith have worked together previously in Tennessee and Mariota will certainly be familiar with Smith’s offensive playbook.

However, with the Falcons having to deal with a league record $62 million+ in dead money for the 2022 season following the trades of Ryan and Julio Jones last season, plus the release of Dante Fowler Jr. earlier this year hitting the Falcons hard.

Mariota has signed a two-year deal worth around $18.75 million. The Falcons also have the 82nd pick in the forthcoming NFL Draft following the trade for Ryan.

Following both trades, the odds on the Colts winning the Super Bowl have improved slightly to +2500 with DraftKings Sportsbook, while the Falcons chances have drifted slightly to +8000.

However, it is clear that the bookmakers think both teams significantly more quality in other areas of the team in order to become genuine contenders.

Author: Paula Dunn