ATLANTA -- Falcons coach Mike Smith told 11Alive last week he has no reason to think Matt Ryan won't be in Flowery Branch Thursday for day one of training camp. But one could hardly blame Ryan, or any player, if they think twice about the risks involved. Ryan's representatives and the Falcons have been in talks about a possible blockbuster contract for the quarterback.
Mega dollars are involved here. Detroit's Matthew Stafford signed a three year extension worth $53 million dollars with $43 million guaranteed. That no comparison however to the extensions for Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco of Baltimore, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Cowboys QB Tony Romo.
Even though Romo, like Ryan, has only one playoff win, he got $55 million guaranteed in his seven year deal. Rodgers got $54 million and Flacco $52 million guaranteed.
Under the current collective bargaining agreement, training camp is no longer the brutal survival drill of years gone by. However, there's always risk. Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford tore his Achilles tendon on Sunday, day one of camp. Long time Falcon fans will remember William Andrews was not touched by anyone when he tore up his knee at practice in the mid eighties.
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