In my opinion, Matt Ryan has long been underrated. Maybe it’s because he plays in Atlanta. Not that Atlanta is small but it’s a bit like Seattle in that it isn’t New York or Los Angeles or Chicago. Players who are good there will be well-known, sure, but they won’t be as emotionally beloved or disliked by a large national audience as they would in huge cities.
The Falcons are reportedly interested in obtaining quarterback Deshaun Watson which means Ryan would have to leave. Watson will be 27 years old at the beginning of the 2022 season. Ryan will be 37 years old. Ryan, however, comes with a lot less off-the-field risk.
If Atlanta does add Watson, they would need to trade Ryan as that is simply too much money in only two players. Quarterbacks can play well into their 40s at this point in NFL history and Ryan is still a good quarterback – he hasn’t had a lower QBR than 90.4 since 2015 – who is just as durable as Russell Wilson has been. Ryan has missed three games in 14 years.
Ryan is also smart enough to not take a sack when he can avoid it, unlike Wilson who at times created sacks. If the Seahawks were to trade for Ryan his market would be lower as the Falcons would basically be forced to move him. But Ryan could be a three-year starter in Seattle.