Matt Ryan was eliminated as quarterback for the Colts just seven games into his career at Indianapolis. With the exception of injuries to new starter Sam Elinger or veteran substitute Nick Fowles, it’s likely that Ryan also played his last snap in blue. Trying but failing to get out of their annual QB carousel, the Colts are risking up to $17 million owed on Ryan’s remaining contract, bringing him back on the field – injury guarantees are built into his deal – but could save between $18 million and $18 million. $29 million by releasing or trading it in 2023.
So what’s next for the longtime QB Falcons? Most likely nothing. Elinger will start, which will allow coach Frank Reich to experiment with a more mobile signalman, with his own work potentially at stake. Foles will be number two. And Ryan will play on the side saved for the scenario in which Indy accidentally stumbles upon the playoff picture at the end of the season and, through injury or performance, gets a chance at the winter redemption. Despite this, there is a possibility that he will be withdrawn after the season, either through a trade, or a complete release, or a mutual separation due to retirement.
In case Ryan and/or the Colts don’t want to wait and opt for an immediate Donovan McNabb split with the Vikings back in 2011, here are three teams that might be interested:
Bill Belichick is nearly creating QB drama for now by refusing to announce Mack Jones or rookie Bailey Zappa as his starter a day after using both in a horrific home loss to the Bears. Jones is only a year away from being the 15th overall pick and Zappe is radiating energy as his replacement, but neither youngster looks too comfortable heading into the second half of 2022. If Belichick is desperate to save a season in a tough AFC East, perhaps he would welcome the former star he once overtook in the Super Bowl. After all, no one likes resurrecting tattered veterans as much as he does. Ryan, meanwhile, has Boston College experience, won’t stand in the way of Jones’ or Zappa’s long-term future, and can rely on their ground game.
Kyle Shanahan had no problem advertising two “starters” in QB as he welcomed the return of Jimmy Garoppolo while Trey Lance prepared to “take over” under center, so why not three? With Lance now out until 2023, the 49ers’ only insurance after injury-prone Garoppolo is rookie Brock Purdy. Meanwhile, Ryan had his best two years under Shanahan in Atlanta. If San Francisco goes all-in for the NFC West and the playoffs, as his trade for Christian McCaffrey suggests, they could probably welcome Ryan as the new No. 2, giving the veteran a chance to come off the bench in an emergency. . Then, depending on how things play out, they will have a trio of potential starting or trade chips in 2023.
En route to a surprise 5-2 start and a playoff bid on the horizon, the Jets have answered questions at just about every position except the most important one, where 2021 first-rounder Zach Wilson was deployed as little more than a caretaker of a heavy ground the game. As they move closer to a rivalry, general manager Joe Douglas, who has clearly invested in 2022 since the James Robinson deal, will be content to only dance with Joe Flacco behind Wilson, who has already been injured twice in two NFL seasons. ? Adding Ryan might cause more drama in a team that doesn’t need it, but there are connections here too: in addition to being from nearby Philadelphia, Ryan worked with Jets offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur in Atlanta, and Jets coach Robert Saleh could have good information about veteran Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco.