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Falcons Rebuff Trade Interest In QB Matt Ryan

With all the trade talks this offseason and quarterback needs across the league, the Atlanta Falcons are reported to have been receiving some trade interest in quarterback Matt Ryan.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports teams that have inquired on the four-time Pro Bowler are getting the “distinct impression that [he] will not be dealt.”

OutKick previously reported that Ryan is still on track to be the team’s starting quarterback, but could the Falcons be preparing to find Ryan’s eventual successor in this year’s draft? Team owner Arthur Blank thinks so.

ProFootball Rumors reports the Seattle Seahawks have so far turned away all teams interested in trading for veteran QB Russell Wilson.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is reportedly torn on whether he wants to remain in Green Bay or play for a new team, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see both signal-callers stay with their respective teams in the 2022 season.

The 2022 NFL Draft class has talent but isn’t as stacked as the 2021 class and ProFootball Rumors reports there are no surefire starters.

Could the Falcons net some draft pick compensation in a Ryan trade and bring in a new era for the franchise?

The soon-to-be 37-year-old QB is set to make $16.25 million and $20.5 million over the final two years of his contract, along with $7.5 million in roster bonus he is due later this month.

While the Washington Commanders, on the other hand, made a strong push for Wilson on their search for a QB. Could the Commanders look to go after Ryan, or even the Steelers?

ProFootball Rumors reports that from Atlanta’s perspective, trading the veteran QB is slightly messier due to multiple restructures. Ryan’s dead money charge for 2022 if he were to be cut or traded prior to June 1 is $40.5 million.

Even a post-June 1 transaction would result in a dead money number just shy of $25 million, the outlet reports. That’s not to mention the fact that Falcons head coach Arthur Smith wants Ryan back.

Team owner Arthur Blank said last week the team is already looking to Ryan’s succession plan. Do you think the Falcons will follow up on any of the trade interest on Ryan?


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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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