Multiple reports have emerged on Monday indicating that the Falcons are closing in on a trade to send Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts. The deal is reportedly still being finalized but is expected to be pretty big.
Ryan will take over a team that was just one win away from reaching the playoffs in 2021. As the starting quarterback of the Falcons, he went just 7-10 – missing the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
The Falcons are on the verge of a total rebuild under second-year head coach Arthur Smith. As with many teams undergoing a rebuild, they may be inclined to start it with a young quarterback.
Atlanta and Colts have been talking about this trade for Matt Ryan for a few days, still a couple of hurdles to finalize but hoping it gets done here soon today.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 21, 2022
Matt Ryan was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and quickly emerged as a rising star at his position. After winning Rookie of the Year, his play began improving by leaps and bounds.
Ryan is a four-time Pro Bowler who has led the Falcons to the playoffs six times. But he saved his best performance for 2016.
In 2016, Ryan went 11-5 as a starter while completing nearly 70-percent of his passes and led the NFL in touchdown percentage and passer rating. He earned First-Team All-Pro and was voted NFL MVP after leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
He is the all-time leading passer in Falcons history.
Now it appears that Ryan will be finishing his NFL career elsewhere. Expect a big send off if this trade goes through.
Update: The trade is official now.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 21, 2022
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