We don’t usually write about non-college news, and even then, we don’t usually write about news about players from conferences other than the SEC. That being said, something must be addressed: Matt Ryan’s ridiculous rookie contract for the Atlanta Falcons.
Matt Ryan, former quarterback of the Boston College Eagles, and the third overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, signed a 800 year, $284 gagillion dollar contract with $182 gagillion guaranteed. The actual numbers are 6 years for $72 Million with $34.5 Million guaranteed. Thus far, the Falcons own 2 of the top 3 biggest contract in terms of guaranteed money in history, with Ryan coming in at #3, and #1 being… Michael Vick.
Now, I’ve been to Atlanta lots of times and I know quite a few people who currently live, or have previously lived in Atlanta. For the most part, those people are fine people, who are relatively intelligent, and usually fiscally responsible. Apparently the same cannot be said for the Atlanta upper crust. “Upper crust” at this juncture meaning “Arthur Blank.”
Seriously, this guy needs to wake up and get a clue. He could have signed Ryan for much less if he wanted to, but apparently he just loves throwing money at quarterbacks before they’re proven. Some might argue that aside from the whole “letting dogs fight each other to the death” thing, Vick was a good quarterback. He wasn’t. He was a good athlete. But a good quarterback makes a team win. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, these guys are good quarterbacks. Sure they are gifted athletically, but they aren’t the best athletes on the field. Their strongest muscles are their brains. Yes, I know you saw that one coming from a mile away, and it was full of Gorgonzola (cheesy), but I had to do it.
The ridiculous rookie contracts started a while back, but to me, came to a head last year when #1 overall pick Jamarcus Russell essentially sat out what amounted to most of the year due to his need for just one extra Bentley with rims and diamond studded steering wheel. Honestly, as a fan of football, this is the kind of shit that makes me hate pro sports more and more.
$34.5 Million is a lot of guaranteed money, and if I were Matt Ryan (which I clearly could be seeing as how I’m super tall and very athletic…), and I perhaps didn’t like the prospect of playing for a crappy team in a city that will never really appreciate their team unless they win 5 Super Bowls, or perhaps if I just felt lazy and didn’t want to work out (this is far more likely for me), I’d just shoot myself in the foot, collect my
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Purple Heart final paycheck, and call it a career. Do it Matt, don’t tarnish your good name by pulling a Ryan Leaf. What’s Leaf doing now anyway? Oh yeah, I think I tipped him $3 bucks at the car wash the other day. He wasn’t the one actually drying off my car, but rather the guy bringing the towels back to the washing machine. Good people.