ATLANTA For months, it seems, the Falcons have tip-toed around the issue of a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan.
Back in March, following the Falcons' big spending spree on Tony Gonzalez, William Moore, Sam Baker, Steven Jackson and Osi Umenyiora, there was a sense that Ryan was next.
Even before that, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens awarded quarterback Joe Flacco, who was selected in the first round in 2008, just like Ryan, a new contract for 120 million over six years. That seemingly paved the way for Ryan to get his deal done.
And yet, nothing.
Lately, any time a high-ranking Falcons official comes out of hibernation to discuss a different issue, the topic of Ryan's contract inevitably arises. It is likely to remain that way until a deal gets done for the franchise quarterback, as the issue lingers over other important business for the franchise.
On Tuesday, when owner Arthur Blank attended owners meetings in Boston and spoke to the media about the NFL g...