Falcons willing to make Matt Ryan highest-paid QB

Quarterback Matt Ryan was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player after a landmark season in which he led the offence-minded Atlanta Falcons to an 11-5 record.

Of course the Super Bowl is the big game that everybody strives for, but that doesn't mean other players and coaches should go unnoticed every year because they couldn't win that game. He beat out New England quarterback Tom Brady, who received 10 votes.

MVP: Sticking with the Falcons here, although I believe this is one of the most obvious choices for awards this year (other than offensive rookie of year, we'll get there). He completed 373-of-534 passes (69.9 percent) for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns to seven interceptions. Well into the back nine of his professional life, he put up all new career bests across the board. "I think a lot of that's coming out of previous year". Maybe, "Matt Ryan" just doesn't have the same ring to it as "Tom Brady" or "Aaron Rodgers".

The Green Bay Packers' Jordy Nelson won comeback player of the year after missing the entire 2015 with a knee injury. If you think there is one, you just haven't been paying close enough attention.

"This is an incredible honor for me", Ryan said in a statement.

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Sunday at NRG Stadium, with a nation watching, Ryan takes that next great leap toward being one of those epic kind of quarterbacks. This won't be a surprise to anyone within the Falcons, but preparing for life without him hasn't been a priority as the team got ready for the Super Bowl.

"Kyle has done a great job as offensive coordinator for us this year", Ryan said. No one predicteded Andre Rison getting the nod over Brett Favre in Super Bowl XXXI. "He has got a really good feel for who our guys are".

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said quarterback Matt Ryan will be financially rewarded for his MVP-worthy performance this season. He caught fire toward the end of 2016, ending the season with 579 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games.

The Cowboys lost in the playoffs to the Packers, but had a resurgent season as six players made the Pro Bowl and were led by a rookie quarterback after veteran Tony Romo injured his back during the preseason. "His mechanics and footwork improved last offseason, and he cut down on interceptions while displaying better accuracy".

Jason Garrett of the Cowboys was named Coach of the Year.

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