The Colts have successfully landed a franchise quarterback.
Matt Ryan will leave the Falcons — for whom he has played since the start of his NFL career 14 seasons ago — for Indianapolis.
Earlier this offseason, the Colts traded Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders. Since then, the Colts have been tailing Ryan, although discussions have reportedly been kept quiet, according to ESPN, just in case the deal goes through Diana Russini.
Also Russini reports that Ryan has no no-trade clause and had the option to “refuse.”
Ryan, 36, has two years and $54 million left on his contract. Last season, the quarterback averaged 7.1 yards per attempt and threw 20 touchdowns on 12 interceptions as the Falcons went 7-10 and missed the postseason.
Earlier Monday, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that Indianapolis was “trying to strike a deal with the Falcons,” while NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport called the Colts a “likely landing spot” for Ryan and added that “[t]he two pages [Colts and Falcons] Made progress on a deal. Did nothing. But a couple of big hours are emerging.”
The Falcons were in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes until the eleventh hour last week when Watson spurned them for the Cleveland Browns and a $230 million fully guaranteed five-year deal.
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