Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: With new deal, Ryan better deliver more than one playoff win
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan attends training camp at the NFL football team's practice facility Friday in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan attends training camp at the NFL football team's practice facility Friday in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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NFL players deserve whatever money they can get from their teams, especially considering their careers are shorter, injuries greater and contracts less lucrative than their counterparts in the NBA and Major League Baseball.

But if quarterbacks are judged in great part by how many championships they win, why are the Atlanta Falcons giving Matt Ryan the second-best deal in pro football? He is 1-4 in playoff games, but his contract extension is worth $103.75 million over five years.

Joe Flacco is 9-4 in the playoffs and was most valuable player in last season’s Super Bowl, but the Baltimore Ravens pay him $20.1 million a year. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($22 million) is 5-3 as a postseason starter.

Rodgers, Ryan and Flacco are the three highest paid players in the league. And Ryan has one playoff win in five years as an NFL starter – this past season against Seattle.

He must have a great agent.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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