Quarterback Matt Ryan elected not to provide any insight on Tuesday into one of the few looming issues hovering over the Atlanta Falcons during their offseason. Ryan, who is in negotiations with the team for a contract extension – one that could provide valuable salary cap room for the team as it attempts to make a Super Bowl run – did not provide an update on his contract status during his second meeting with the media since the Falcons’ season ended with a loss to San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game. Asked if he and the Falcons were any closer, Ryan said, “You know what, I leave that to my agents and the front office. Those guys will get that stuff done.” The Falcons still need to sign first-round pick Desmond Trufant (who made his first appearance with the team during offseason team activities on Tuesday) and second-round pick Robert Alford. Once they do that, they will have more clarity on whether they might have room to sign free-agent defensive tackle Richard Seymour, a three-time Super Bowl champion with New England. FOXSportsSouth.com previously reported that the Falcons and Seymour, who is working out locally in metro Atlanta, have discussed a contract. When Ryan inks a new deal, it could free up cap room to help with a deal for Seymour or any other possible free agents in whom the Falcons might be interested. The six-year, $120-million contract that Baltimore awarded quarterback Joe Flacco, who was drafted the same year as Ryan in 2008, could serve as a blueprint for Ryan’s contract. One difference, of course, is that Flacco led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in February. However, because of the size of the deal and the amount of cap room that it has eaten up, Baltimore has had to shed some key players from its team.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan mum on contract talks
Fox Sports South | Jun 13