Falcons: Arthur Blank reitirates that Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will be on the team in 2021

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In an interview with Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network, Arthur Blank said he’d be “completely shocked” if Matt Ryan weren’t in a Falcons uniform next year.

He mentioned Ryan playing at a high level since being drafted and expecting him to play at a high level continually. Probably to stop speculation among the media, Blank also iterated in the same breath that Julio Jones will also be back.

It is clear the Falcons’ front office and coaching staff are on the same page that the future includes Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. This completely puts to bed any trade talks, but it doesn’t rule out that the team could still select Ryan’s successor with the fourth overall pick.

Clearly, they are apart of the immediate future, but how long the Falcons will hang on to these two cornerstones is yet to be determined. Their tenures in Atlanta will come down to how well the team performs this season. If the Falcons do in 2021 what the Packers — Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur’s first year — did in 2019, then expect Matty Ice and Julio to finish their contracts out in Atlanta.

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