FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.
Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said Thursday that the deal was being finalized as Ryan led the offense through practice Thursday on the first day of training camp.
A source said Ryan’s extension is for $103.75 million deal, with $59 million guaranteed. The person says Ryan will average $20.75 million during the first three years of the extension. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms of the deal had not been announced.
“I’ve always not worried about the business side of it,” Ryan said at a news conference Thursday evening. “I’ve always thought as a player if you’re worrying about those sorts of things, you’re taking away from what you’re here for.
“I think for the most part I was confident that it would get done in a timely fashion. I think both sides were. I didn’t stress about it too much.”
Ryan, 28, is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.
Beason, Stewart recovering from injuries
Between the two of them, Jon Beason and Jonathan Stewart combined to play 13 games in the 2012 season, and in none of the games was either player 100 percent healthy.
The two veteran Panthers came to Spartanburg still reeling from their various offseason surgeries, and while both are bullish about their health for the start of the season, neither will see much of the field this preseason.
Stewart will start on the physically unable to perform list this preseason while coach Ron Rivera indicated Beason will be limited in his camp duties.
Beason said he’ll have to manage the pain in his knee, and Stewart said the pain in his right ankle is substantial.
Also, Carolina coach Ron Rivera says Beason has restructured his contract, helping the Panthers free up salary cap space this year. Beason was going to earn $5.25 million this year, $6.5 million in 2014, $7.5 million in 2015 and $8.75 million in 2016.
RG3 gets involved at camp
Robert Griffin III found a way to get involved on the first day of the Washington Redskins’ training camp, even when he was supposed to be a spectator.
Barred from the main 11-on-11 drills, Griffin nevertheless started chasing linebacker Bryan Kehl after Kehl intercepted a pass from just-for-now starter Kirk Cousins.
When the ball popped loose, Griffin scooped it up the fumble and took off downfield. The fans, who had been watching him mostly stand around during the drill, roared their approval. Finally, he stopped at about the 35-yard line, pointed to the sky and smiled.
Griffin was cleared by doctors late last week, but Shanahan said it will take two to three weeks for RG3 to get into “football shape.” Griffin will therefore be restricted to individual and 7-on-7 drills, at least initially. The coach also said it “doesn’t make any sense” for the quarterback to play in any preseason games, in part because the Redskins’ exhibition schedule — with games on Thursday, Monday, Saturday and then Thursday again — is so wacky.
Around the league
Cardinals rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope is retiring because of concussion issues. The team added two experienced players, agreeing to a one-year deal with offensive tackle Eric Winston and a two-year contract with outside linebacker and former USC standout John Abraham. The Cardinals also released outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield, a former starter, and signed linebacker Kenny Rowe. ... The Broncos signed top pick Sylvester Williams to a four-year, $7.6 million deal. ... 49ers starting cornerback Tarell Brown has voided a $2 million escalator in his contract after he chose not to participate in the team’s voluntary offseason program. ... Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker is out another four to five months after a third surgery on his right knee. ... The Giants signed first-round draft pick offensive tackle Justin Pugh and his Syracuse teammate, quarterback Ryan Nassib, a fourth-rounder.