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Falcons' Ryan gets elite-level extension

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Before hitting the field for the start of training camp, Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension Thursday.

The extension is for $103.75 million, with $59 million guaranteed, reports said. Ryan will make $63 million in its first three years, ESPN reported. That puts him on a scale with Aaron Rodgers (average $18.7 million a year), Joe Flacco ($20.1 million), Drew Brees ($20 million) and Peyton Manning ($19.2 million), who have won Super Bowls.

Ryan, 28, is in the sixth and final season of his rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary. He has led Atlanta to five straight winning seasons; it never had back-to-back winning seasons before he arrived. He is coming off the best season of his career: 4,719 yards passing, 32 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions.

Ryan said the deal doesn't add pressure on him because the team's and his expectations "are higher than any expectation anybody's going to put on you."

Top pick signings: The Vikings signed all three of their first-round draft picks: defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd from Florida, cornerback Xavier Rhodes from FSU and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee. Terms were not available. … Broncos defensive tackle Sylvester Williams signed a four-year, $7.6 million deal with a $3.9 million signing bonus and another $2.2 million in guarantees.

Harvin hurt: Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin injured a hip working out last week and might need surgery, coach Pete Carroll said. A doctor diagnosed the ex-Gator, acquired in an offseason trade with the Vikings, with a labrum tear, ESPN and nfl.com reported. Carroll said the injury "was in that area" and a second opinion would be sought.

Bengals: All-Pro receiver A.J. Green twisted his left knee while trying to make a sideline catch in camp's first practice. Green said he thought he would be okay.

Colts: Tight end Weslye Saunders was cut, one week after he was suspended for eight games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Cowboys: The team announced a multiyear, multimillion-dollar deal to change Cowboys Stadium's name to AT&T Stadium. Officials wouldn't reveal terms.

49ers: Cornerback Tarell Brown voided a $2 million base salary escalator in his contract by not participating in the team's voluntary offseason program. Brown said he didn't know about that clause, learned about it via Twitter on Thursday and fired agent Brian Overstreet for the mistake.

Jets: Running back Mike Goodson, arrested on drug and weapons possession charges in May, was placed on the reserve-did not report list. "We understand why he's not here," coach Rex Ryan said but didn't give details.

Panthers: Running back Jonathan Stewart, who had offseason surgery on both ankles, was placed on the physically unable to perform list. He said the right ankle still troubled him.

Ravens: Left tackle Bryant McKinnie is too heavy and was held out of the full-team practice, coach John Harbaugh said.

Redskins: Coach Mike Shanahan said it doesn't make sense to play QB Robert Griffin III (reconstructive knee surgery) in preseason games. Griffin sat out 11-on-11 drills on camp's first day but did take part in the rest.

Saints: Coach Sean Payton, back after a one-year bounty scandal suspension, said he will resume calling offensive plays. He stopped after breaking a leg in the 2011 season.

Falcons' Ryan gets elite-level extension 07/25/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 26, 2013 12:07am]
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