Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff plans to exercise the fifth-year option on tackle Jake Matthews, as D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets. For now, a new long-term deal is on the back burner.

The decision to exercise Matthews’ option was not necessarily a hard one for Atlanta. Since entering the league, Matthews has been on the field for all but one possible regular season game and he has improved since his rookie season in 2014. The former No. 6 overall pick had a decent showing last year, earning a 74.3 overall score on Pro Football Focus. That mark left him ranked No. 37 amongst all tackles, putting him in the middle of the pack out of 78 qualified players.