Matthew Thomas Ryan was born on May 17, 1985 and graduated from William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. He started the season finale as a redshirt freshman. He played a total of 7 games that year, and completed 35 of 71 passes (49.3%) for 350 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. As a sophomore, he started 5 of 10 games, completing 121 of 195 passes (62.1%) for 1514 yards, 8 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and also rushed for 5 more scores. As a junior, he started 12 of 12 games and earned 1st team All-ACC honors. He completed 263 of 427 passes (61.6%) for 2942 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 4 more touchdowns. As a senior, he earned 1st team All-ACC honors once more and also placed 7th in the Heisman Trophy voting. He completed 388 of 654 passes (59.3%) for 4507 yards, 31 touchdowns, 19 interceptions, and also added 2 more rushing touchdowns. He compiled a 25-7 record as a starter at Boston College. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 20, 2008 ... Signed by Falcons to a contract extension on July 25, 2013.
He signed a six-year contract worth $66 million that includes $34.75 million with incentives that can push the contract's total worth to $72 million. He will receive base salaries of: $295,000 (2008); $3.5 million (2009); $4.2 million (2010); $4.9 million (2011); $5.6 million (2012); and $6.3 million (2013), all of which are guaranteed. He also receives an initial roster bonus of $2.505 million. He has an incentive clause in his contract that will pay him $3.8 million if he plays in at least 35% of offensive snaps and there is team improvement in one of 3 unknown categories. He also has a roster bonus of $2.9 million if he earns that incentive and is also on the team's roster in 2010. By earning those, his base salaries increase to: $7.5 million (2009); $12.75 million (2010 and 2011); $13.5 million (2012); and $10 million (2013). His new 2009 and 2010 are fully guaranteed and $2.5 million each of his 2011 and 2012 is guaranteed. Also in the contract are included other incentives which are if he appears in 50% of the offensive snaps and earns a playoff win he can earn an additional $500,000 a year, with a maximum payout of $2 million over the life of his contract. If he plays in 35% of snaps in 2008 (or 45% thereafter) and has a Top 5 quarterback ranking or is a Pro Bowl selection, he can earn up to $1 million additional each year, with a maximum payout of $4 million over the life of his contract ... He signed a five-year contract extension in 2013 worth $103.75 million. The deal included $59 million in guaranteed money and $63 million payout over the first three years of the contract. The deal included a $28 million signing bonus. That along with a $12 million option bonus due on March 15 in 2014, and Ryan's new 2013 base salary of $2 million factor into the initial $42 million in fully guaranteed money. Ryan's 2014 base salary of $9.5 million plus $7.5 million of his 2015 base salary are guaranteed for injury only, accounting for the $59 million in previously reported guaranteed money. That additional $17 million that is guaranteed for injury only becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the waiver period beginning in 2014 (February 5). Ryan's base salaries for the deal are: $2 million (2013); $9.5 million (2014); $11.5 million (2015); $15.75 million (2016 and 2017); and $19.25 million (2018). His signing bonus will be prorated over the first five years of the deal (through 2017) due to CBA rules, and his option bonus will be prorated over the final five years (2014-18). His cap hit in 2013 includes the $2 million in bonus already prorated from his 2008 rookie deal, giving him a cap hit of $9.6 million ($2 million base + $5.6 million bonus proration + $2 million in previous bonus proration). The remaining cap hits for his deal are: $17.5 million (2014); $19.5 million (2015); $23.75 million (2016); $23.75 million (2017); and $21.65 million (2018).