Updated: Mar 26
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The Atlanta Falcons sent quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick. However, Atlanta was in pursuit of Deshaun Watson, and in doing so, they pushed back Ryan's 7.5 million roster bonus.
When Watson chose to go to the Cleveland Browns, the Falcons were left to find another team for Ryan. With the Trade, the Falcons now have $40.525 of dead money on this season's salary cap.
"We're thrilled we had a chance to acquire a proven veteran in Matt Ryan who brings tremendous experience to our team," Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in a statement. "Matt's leadership and skillset will complement our roster's growth and success. He's long been a great ambassador for the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons, and we're excited he can continue his accomplished career in Indianapolis.
Last season, Ryan threw for 3,968 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Then, the Colts traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Washington Redskins, which put them in the market for a quarterback. Ryan will be the best Colts quarterback since Andrew Luck and should give them an excellent chance to win.
Ryan has a Hall of Fame-worthy resume; in 14 seasons, he has 11 4,000 plus yards seasons. In addition, Ryan has made the Pro Bowl four times. In 2016 Ryan won MVP while leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl, which they lost to the New England Patriots after leading 28-3. In his MVP season, Ryan threw for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions.
In Ryan's 14-year career, he has passed for 59,735 yards and 367 touchdowns whine, completing 65.5% of his passes.