In a move that will make him one of the league's highest paid players, the Atlanta Falcons have given quarterback Matt Ryan a five-year contact.

The deal that will earn Ryan a reported $103.75 million over the course of the period, does not add any pressure to his shoulders however.

Speaking to ESPN, he said: "The expectations we set our football team and my personal expectations are higher than any expectation anybody's going to put on you."

The Falcons, who have flourished under the arm of Ryan - winning five straight seasons, will be looking to get to even greater heights next year.

Coach Mike Smith added: "You've got to have guys like Matt Ryan that have the drive and desire to be the best they can be."

The rise leaves Ryan on par with a host of SuperBowl winning quarterbacks and Falcons owner Arthur Blank confirmed that tying the star down was key to their ambitions.

"I've said many time, we're not going to really rest until we have (Super Bowl) rings," said Blank.

Since joining the roster in 2008, Ryan has led the team to unquantified success, but the added weight of a $63 million salary over the first three years of the deal sitting on his shoulders, Ryan will be keen to ensure that SuperBowl is achieved as close to the start of the deal as possible.


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