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|Description||Matt Ryan pulled out his secret weapons to seal the five-year contract extension that made him the NFL’s highest-paid player. Ryan brought his infant twin boys Jaylon Smith Jersey , Marshall and John, to Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s office on Friday, when the deal was signed. ”Tough negotiators,” a smiling Ryan said Monday. The twins, born on April 8 following a complicated pregnancy for Ryan’s wife, Sarah, and the new contract are reasons for Ryan to have an optimistic new focus on his future. The extension announced on Thursday is worth at least $100 million , a league record, and could be worth as much as $150 million. Ryan has been the figurehead of the Falcons during their most successful 10-year run in franchise history. He says he sees the contract as an incentive for the future instead of a reward for leading the team to six playoff seasons, including the Super Bowl run in 2016, when he was named NFL MVP. ”We’ve had some really good teams,” Ryan said. ”But I think the best is in front of us and that’s what has me so excited about my future here and our future as an organization, that we have a lot of really good pieces in place.” Ryan said when he was drafted in 2008 it was his hope ”to be the quarterback that a franchise leans on for a long time, 15 Russ Grimm Jersey , 20 years. That’s kind of still where my head is at.” Before the extension, Ryan, who turns 33 on May 17, could have been a free agent after the 2018 season. The threat of Ryan entering free agency could have been the biggest story of training camp. That was a distraction Ryan and the Falcons were eager to avoid. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff described the extension as ”our primary focus this offseason.” Now Ryan can focus on football instead of finances as he prepares for the 2018 season. ”I’m happy with the timing of it,” Ryan said. ”I think the organization is very happy with the timing of it. Certainly when we get back to training camp it’s 100 percent about football. … I always felt confident it was going to get done in a smooth way and in a timely manner and I feel like it did.” There was little question the Falcons would keep Ryan, who has helped to reshape the perception of the franchise. Before the Ryan era, the Falcons had only eight playoff seasons in 42 years, and none in back-to-back years. With Ryan, the Falcons have made the playoffs in six of 10 years, including the 2016 Super Bowl run. The contract extension brings continued stability for an offense that also returns wide receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu and running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Dimitroff gave the offense a boost by making wide receiver Calvin Ridley its first-round draft pick last month. Like Jones, Ridley is from Alabama. ”I guess I’m an honorary Alabama quarterback now,” Ryan said. ”… I’m very excited about Calvin coming here.” Ryan’s new deal topped the total compensation of the $84 million, three-year guaranteed deal that quarterback Kirk Cousins received from the Minnesota Vikings. Someday, Ryan will be able to show his twins a photo taken by the Falcons of the day they were in the room when he signed the extension. ”It was a special day for our family Troy Aikman Jersey ,” he said. ”I was excited that they were there. That will always be a great memory for us but also a really cool picture for me to be able to show them when they get older. They won’t remember it, but I’ll tell them I was OK at one point.” — FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England might have found a running back in undrafted free agent Ralph Webb. Washington may have lost one with a knee injury to second-round pick Derrius Guice. Webb ran for two touchdowns and also scored on a pair of 2-point conversions on Thursday night as the defending AFC champions rallied from a 17-0 first-half deficit to beat Washington 26-17 in the teams’ exhibition openers. “I’ve been working my whole life for this, to come out here and get a chance to compete,” said Webb, who was undrafted out of Vanderbilt and listed ninth among nine running backs on the Patriots‘ depth chart. “I’m blessed to be able to be here and say that I did it.” Guice, the No. 59 overall pick from LSU, was slow getting up after a 34-yard run that was negated by a penalty late in the first quarter. Coach Jay Gruden said he would have an MRI on his knee on Friday. “I just said a little prayer for Derrius,” Washington quarterback Colt McCoy said. “I hope he’s OK.” McCoy outplayed New England’s Brian Hoyer in a scrimmage of backup quarterbacks, while starters Tom Brady and Alex Smith stayed on the sidelines counting their money. On the day that the Patriots reportedly sweetened Brady’s contract with $5 million in incentives, the reigning NFL MVP sat out the game, along with tight end Rob Gronkowski. “Some players played and some players didn’t,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We wanted to take a look at some guys.” ESPN reported before the game that the Patriots would add $5 million in incentives to Brady’s contract, which was due to pay him $15 million. That would bring the 41-year-old Dion Dawkins Jersey , five-time Super Bowl champion closer in pay to less accomplished quarterbacks around the league — including Smith, who got a four-year, $94 million extension from Washington. Brady’s agent, Don Yee, did not respond to an email seeking comment. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team does not comment on contracts. McCoy completed 13 of 18 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns in a little less than a half, helping to stake Washington to a 17-0 lead before he was replaced by third-stringer Kevin Hogan. Hoyer struggled against the Washington starters, but drove New England to a pair of second-half touchdowns, including Webb’s 8-yard TD run followed by the catch on a 2-point conversion that gave New England an 18-17 lead. In the fourth quarter, Trent Harris strip-sacked Hogan and Geneo Grissom recovered the ball and ran 53 yards before he was brought down near the goal line. Webb punched it in for the touchdown and also ran in the conversion to make it 26-17. Hoyer was 16 of 23 for 144 yards. TWO HALVES The Patriots offense did little until back-to-back 20-plus yard catches by Devin Lucien set up Stephen Gostkowski’s 52-yard field goal just before halftime. Mike Gillislee ran seven times for 31 yards on a drive that set up Jeremy Hill’s 1-yard run. Webb made it 18-17 with nine minutes left in the game and added an insurance score with 3:27 to play. Washington’s Dustin Hopkins, who kicked a 52-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter, banged a 56-yarder off the left upright just inside the two-minute warning. Third-stringer Danny Etling, a seventh-round draft pick, was 2 of 5 for 21 yards, with a fumble for New England. Hogan completed 7 of 9 passes for 44 yards http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline.com/rob-kelley-jersey , but also fumbled for Washington. INJURIES Washington was hit with a slew of injuries. Also needing medical attention: TE Manasseh Gardner (knee), and WR Trey Quinn, who took a hard shot in the side from Patriots cornerback Ryan Lewis and took a few minutes to get up before heading to the medical tent. “Trey Quinn is getting checked,” Gruden said. “Some internal stuff going on.” LEADING THE CHARGE As usual, Brady led the team out of the tunnel before the game. But he was not carrying a helmet as he jogged onto the field. Julian Edelman, who missed all of last season with a knee injury and will miss the first four games of 2018 because of a suspension for performance-enhancers, sprinted the length of the field. BIG PLAY McCoy hit Cam Sims with a 57-yard pass midway through the second quarter. Sims pulled the ball down behind his defender, made one person miss at the sideline and dodged another before he was brought down at the 2. Two plays later, McCoy connected with Maurice Harris to give Washington a 17-0 lead. NATIONAL ANTHEM All of the players on each team appeared to stand for the national anthem, some bowing their heads and others placing their hands on their hearts. The Patriots observed a moment of silence beforehand for Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna, who was killed last month in the line of duty. NEXT UP Washington: Hosts the New York Jets on Thursday night in its second exhibition game. Patriots: Play their second and final home preseason game on Thursday night with a Super Bowl rematch against the Philadelphia Eagles. Womens Geron Christian Jersey|
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