Wow, this rookie spending is outta control. Somethings gotta be done with a new CBA. No one's gonna want a 1st rd draft pick if this keeps up.http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08142/883439-66.stm
NFL Notebook: QB Ryan agrees to deal with Falcons
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The Associated Press
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.