Just how much is Matt Ryan worth?
It's a question that's worth literally millions of dollars and could ultimately determine the future of the Atlanta Falcons for the next decade. And unfortunately questions of that magnitude never seem to come with easy or "right" answers.
March 5, 2013, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Atlanta could potentially pay Ryan upwards of $140 million dollars.
While the article doesn't give exact specifications to what the contract would entail, it does remind us that in 2004 Falcons owner Arthur Blank once made Michael Vick the highest-paid player with a ten-year, $130 million dollar deal.
Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com reported March 4, 2013, that Ryan "should get Joe Flacco money."
The same Joe Flacco who is the reigning Super Bowl MVP and that just signed a six-year, $120 million dollar contract. A contract which makes him the highest paid player in the history of football.
It's not real surprise though, Ryan and Flacco have been tied to each other and compared relentlessly since entering the league together in 2008. Ryan was selected third overall by the Falcons and Flacco 18th overall by the Ravens.
With that, let's compare their production from the 2012 season and over the course of their entire careers and you can decide for yourself just how much you think Ryan deserves.