With Derek Carr recently becoming the highest-paid player in NFL history and Matthew Stafford expected to overtake him later this summer, defending MVP Matt Ryan is in no rush to sign his next contract.
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback isn’t jealous of his fellow passers, nor should he be, as his next contract will be directly affected by their paydays.
“That’s just kind of the nature of the business,” Ryan told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure on Tuesday. “Those guys have all played really well. Derek (Carr) signed a new contract this offseason and he’s played great. Matthew Stafford’s is coming up, and he deserves it. He’s played really, really well and competed so hard throughout his career.”
Ryan’s contract doesn’t expire until after the 2018 season, but he’ll have no signing bonus and only $2.4 million in guaranteed money remaining. The 32-year-old expects to get a new deal, and owner Arthur Blank said in February that Ryan “needs to be compensated well, certainly, and he will be.”
He’s not stressing about the timeline.
“That’s just the business side of it. I’m never worried too much about that,” said Ryan. “I’ve always tried to let the business people handle the business and for me, just try and take care of what I can control, and that’s playing good and preparing the right way.
“And I’ve always felt like if you do that, the business side of it will take care of itself. But certainly, those guys are deserving of what’s coming their way.”
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