When Matthew Stafford signed his contract extension this week with the Detroit Lions, one tangential thought was that the resulting dollar figures could play into Matt Ryan's negotiations with the Atlanta Falcons.

A Falcons official told Len Pasquarelli, writing Sunday for the National Football Post, Stafford's contract "won't seriously affect" the ongoing negotiations.

"It's another piece of the puzzle, more information, but ... we kind of all have a feel for where we have to be," the official said.