Falcons Notes: Coleman, Ryan, Bryant

Over the summer, the Falcons locked up Devonta Freeman with a five-year extension worth more than $41MM. That’s a big chunk of change to dedicate to the running back position, but GM Thomas Dimitroff seems to think that there will be enough room to also keep Tevin Coleman in the fold after his contract expires next year (Twitter link via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com).

Coleman, a third-round pick in the 2015 draft, is slated to carry a cap number of just $978K in his final year under contract. The Falcons love having him as a complement to Freeman, but with a career average of 4.3 yards per carry, Coleman figures to attract starter money on the open market in 2019. If the Falcons are intent on keeping the tandem together, their best bet might be to extend Coleman in the coming weeks, before RBs like Isaiah Crowell, Carlos Hyde, Dion Lewis ink new contracts.

Here’s more from Atlanta:

  • No surprise here, but Dimitroff says a contract extension for Matt Ryan will be a top focus for the team as they look to create flexibility going forward (Twitter link via McClure). As it stands, the quarterback is signed through 2018 and is slated to carry a cap charge in excess of $21MM. Of course, re-upping the MVP of the 2016 season won’t be cheap. Ryan turned in another strong season in 2017, tying with Drew Brees as the second-best quarterback in the league, per Pro Football Focus, placing him behind only Tom Brady. He also eclipsed 4,000 passing yards for the seventh consecutive season, though his 4,095 total was his lowest since 2010.
  • Dimitroff says the team will talk to kicker Matt Bryant soon about a contract extension (Twitter link via McClure). Bryant will turn 43 in May, but it sounds like the kicker is intent on continuing his career. In 2017, Bryant connected on 34 of 39 field goal attempts (87.2%) and made all 35 of his extra point tries. Bryant was money from long distance, nailing 8 of 9 kicks from 50+ yards.
  • The Falcons have decided to stick with Steve Sarkisian as their offensive coordinator.
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5 comments on “Falcons Notes: Coleman, Ryan, Bryant

  1. mcase7187

    Will he take a Brady like contract for the good of the team also

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    • dcahen

      You don’t necessarily want a “Brady like contract” because it’s back loaded. All you hear is how it’s good for the team but NE will likely pay him deferred payments until he’s 60 unless they take some one year hit at some point. Besides, Brady’s wife makes like $3-4mm a year. They don’t hurt for money.

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      • dcahen

        Sorry, left off the zeros on Giselle’s earnings, $300-400mm per year!

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        • Braves Homer

          Haha I doubt she’s making $300-$400 mil per year…She’s hot but not billionaire hot. In fact, are there even any hot billionaires? I doubt it ha!

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    • mcdusty31

      So what you’re saying is Brady is the Bobby Bonilla of NFL contracts, minus the lack of results of course

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