With NFL training camps opening for all 32 teams this week, expect to see a lot of last-minute extensions coming down the wire in the next few days, as teams want to lock up their franchise players now and avoid the distraction of contract negotiations while practices and the preseason is occurring.
The Atlanta Falcons have locked-up their franchise quarterback, as the team has reached a long-term extension with Matt ryan that will pay him handsomely:
As expected, #Falcons and QB Matt Ryan are finalizing 5-year contract extension that will exceed $100 million when done
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) July 25, 2013
At more than $100 million, a five-year contract for Ryan would average more than $20 million a year. The $20 million a year mark is the magic number Joe Flacco reached with his six-year, $120.6 million deal. Ryan’s contract has been a hot topic of conversation in the NFL since the day Flacco signed.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the injury could result in surgery. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported (and as PFT has confirmed), Harvin has a “slight tear” in the labrum. We’re told that the injury was spotted in an MRI performed on Thursday. The team wants Harvin to try to practice and play with the injury (along with non-surgical treatment, of course). Harvin intends to exercise his right to a second opinion, and arrangements currently are being made for Harvin to be evaluated by a top expert in the field.