NFL Notebook: QB Ryan agrees to deal with Falcons
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Matt Ryan signed a $72 million, six-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons yesterday.
Ryan, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft last month out of Boston College, is guaranteed $34.75 million. His guaranteed money is $4.75 million more than that given to Jake Long, the No. 1 overall choice who also is represented by agent Tom Condon.
Ryan worked behind quarterbacks Chris Redman, the projected starter, and Joey Harrington at his first minicamp with the team this month.
Ryan, 6 feet 5, ranked third in the nation with his school-record 4,507 yards passing in 2007 and was the first quarterback taken in the draft.
Redman, Harrington and the since released Byron Leftwich shared the starting job last season as Michael Vick began serving a 23-month prison sentence after he confessed to bankrolling a dogfighting ring. Vick has been suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Dallas signed running back Marion Barber and cornerback Terence Newman to long-term extensions. Newman's deal is a six-year extension and is worth more than $50 million, with a $12 million signing bonus and $22.5 million guaranteed over the first three years. Barber, a restricted free agent, received a $45 million, seven-year contract that includes $16 million in guaranteed bonuses. It's worth $21 million over the first three years.
Chip Rosenbloom, one of the new owners of the St. Louis franchise, said he has been approached by "several people" about selling the team and there is "every intention" of not moving the Rams. He issued a statement denying a report by Yahoo Sports that the team was being shopped for up to $900 million, with a sale raising the possibility of a return to Los Angeles.
The owners awarded the 2012 Super Bowl to Indianapolis yesterday.
First Published May 21, 2008 12:00 am