Julio Jones (left) and Matt Ryan will account for a salary-cap charge of more than $63 million for the 2021 season barring future contract extensions or restructurings. Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons undecided on futures of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones

Falcons owner Arthur Blank parted ways with coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff following an 0-5 start to the 2020 season and then hinted earlier this month that Atlanta could shop both quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones this offseason as part of a roster rebuild. 

New Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith recently told Pro Football Talk that the futures of Ryan, Jones and other players remain undecided at this time. 

"No decision with personnel has been made right now," Smith explained. "It’s just so early. . . . We’re just not gonna make any snap judgments. There is a long process. We’ve got to get in here with staffs. We’ve got to go through every guy on this roster. And we’re gonna take our time. There’s no decision that has to be made today. It’s not Matt and Julio, it’s every player on this roster."

As PFT's Mike Florio explained, Ryan and Jones will account for a salary-cap charge of more than $63 million for the 2021 season barring future contract extensions or restructurings. The Falcons finished this past campaign at 4-12 and, respectfully speaking, won't be in a position to compete for a title with Ryan and Jones on the roster next fall. 

Ryan turns 36 years old in May, and Jones turns 32 early next month. It's understandable that a new coach would prefer to use this opportunity to blow things up and start from scratch as soon as possible, but determining how soon realistically is possible may be easier said than done. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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