The Falcons are making some tough decisions this year to preserve cap space and carve out playing time for younger players, with Taylor Gabriel, Dontari Poe, Derrick Shelby, Levine Toilolo, and possibly Adrian Clayborn headed out the door. Even so, they could ill-afford to lose Matt Bryant, which is why it’s a major relief that the longtime Falcons kicker has re-signed with the team before free agency opens next week.
Bryant will receive a $2 million signing bonus and a base value of $10.5 million over three years, with a combined payout of $12 million, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
McFadden noted Bryant’s 1,029 points are more than any Falcon has scored in franchise history.
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“I’ll play two-three more years in this league,” he said, per Kelsey Conway of the Falcons’ official website. “There’s obviously some curious times ahead to see where those two-three years happen. You know I’d like to finish it here with this organization. I guess I have a history here, so I’d like to finish it up here. But you don’t know.”
The 2016 Pro Bowler has been with Atlanta since 2009 after playing for the New York Giants in 2002 and 2003, the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins in 2004 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2005-08.
The Buccaneers cut Bryant just before the 2009 season began. He was not signed until December of that year by the Falcons whom he has stayed with since. During that time, he has had four seasons with field goal percentages of 90% or higher. He had a career high 93.1% in 2011.
Bryant attended college at Baylor from 1997 to 1998. He went undrafted in 1999, and after a short stint with the Arena Football League was finally signed by the New York Giants in 2002.
Bryant passed Morten Andersen to become the team’s all-time scoring leader in 2016, when Bryant was named to his first Pro Bowl.