Matt Ryan‘s short stint in Indianapolis appears over. According to Zach Klein, the Colts plan to release the former Falcons QB.
Per NFL league source, the Indianapolis Colts are planning to cut QB Matt Ryan
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) March 14, 2023
It’s been widely speculated that Indy would part ways with the veteran quarterback this offseason. His $10 million roster bonus becomes guaranteed on March 17, so it was always expected to be before then.
It’s a shame how his career has come to an end. Since the 2016 MVP campaign, it has been all downhill.
His 2017 season was incredibly productive, but the Falcons came up short in the postseason, and Matt Ryan would never play another playoff game.
There were personnel mistakes from 2018 until the end of the Dan Quinn era. Arthur Blank continually forced the issue to remain competitive, and Thomas Dimitroff didn’t make the right decisions after receiving his marching orders.
Eventually, the Falcons moved on to Arthur Smith. The new regime gave it its best shot with Ryan at the helm, but he nor the roster had enough left to be legit contenders.
Atlanta hung on too long and inevitably made the wrong decision. The Falcons would pursue Deshaun Watson with Matt Ryan still on the roster, forcing the greatest quarterback in franchise history into an awkward spot.
I’m positive an organization would love to have him in the building to mentor a young quarterback; there might not be a better person to do it than Matty Ice, a consummate professional in every aspect of the game.
I don’t believe he’ll have many suitors if he wants to be a starter though, but there are plenty of options off the field if he’s not content playing second fiddle.
Though his post-Falcons career hasn’t gone ideally, he could still land on his feet shall he choose to step away from football. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported that Ryan is “very interested” in launching a broadcasting career, which he’s already dabbled in during last year’s playoffs with CBS.
It’s a sad reality, but it seems one of the greatest Falcons ever could be hanging up his cleats soon.
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