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What Atlanta's Matt Ryan's mega deal could mean for Aaron Rodgers

Falcons quarterback gets $30 million per year
What Atlanta's Matt Ryan's mega deal could mean for Aaron Rodgers
Posted at 8:36 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 12:46:51-04

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan agreed to a 5-year, $100 million dollar extension, per ESPN's Chris Mortenson, making him the first quarterback to earn $30 million per year. 

Earlier this offseason, Jimmy Garroppolo and Kirk Cousins already set per year records with $27.5 million and $28 million respectively. So, it's basically a game of one-up. 

Ryan's contract certainly raised the bar for NFL quarterback contracts, but Packer fans are keeping their eye on one in particular--Aaron Rodgers.

This morning on Pro Football Talk, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Rodgers extension was coming "soon."

Gutekunst cited potential deals for Ryan and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holding up Rodgers market, but now that Ryan's payday has arrived, Rodgers day might be coming sooner than expected.

"We’re pretty confident that this is something that’s taking its normal course, its normal time,” Gutekunst told NBC Sports.

Packers fans were quick to take to social media to comment on the potential deal for their star quarterback. 

"Aaron Rodgers is going to bankrupt the Packers," Twitter user Sean O'Leary said. 

Jared Scali added, "Wow. Aaron Rodgers is going to make bank if the Falcons gave this to Matty Ice."

One Vikings fan was happy to see the development, hoping the Packers would need to devote a significant portion of their future to keep Rodgers.

"I hope the Packers pay Aaron Rodgers $65 million per year," Twitter user Life of a Vikes fan said. 

Some fans took it even further. 

"At this point you might as well give Rodgers ownership of the Packers," @GurrpNC said. 

The 32-year-old, Boston College product, Matt Ryan just finished his 10th season in the league with the Falcons. 

He is 96-63 all-time, with 260 touchdowns, 126 interceptions and a completion percentage of 64.9. The four-time pro-bowler won the 2016 NFL MVP and led the Falcons to a Super Bowl 51 loss after blowing a 28-3 loss to the New England Patriots. 

Rodgers is 34, a six-time Pro-Bowler, 2-time MVP and Super Bowl Champion. Over his 10 seasons as an NFL starter, he's thrown 313 touchdowns, 78 interceptions, and has a record of 94-48. He has a completion percentage of 65.1.