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Falcons didn’t wait to extend Matt Ryan’s contract

The Falcons, it turns out, aren’t messing around when it comes to their franchise quarterback, like the Ravens did last season and the Bears are doing now.

The Falcons signed sixth-year quarterback Matt Ryan to a massive contract extension on Thursday — five years, $103.75 million, with an average salary of $20.75 million that ranks only behind Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($22 million) in the entire league. The deal locks in Ryan, who had a year left on his rookie contract, as the Falcons’ starting quarterback through the 2017 season, when he’ll be 33.

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