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NFL Rumors: Colts making progress on a trade for Falcons QB Matt Ryan?

Written by Doug Rush

The Atlanta Falcons thought they were close to getting Deshaun Watson, until he was traded to the Cleveland Browns.

That left Matt Ryan in a state of flux, and even though Atlanta didn’t get Watson, they apparently are still considering trading their veteran quarterback, as the Indianapolis Colts have been working on a deal for him.

If Ryan isn’t traded, the Falcons owe Ryan a $7.5 million roster bonus, so that would motivate Atlanta to trade Ryan before 4p.m. on Monday.

The Colts have been in need of a quarterback after trading Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders earlier this month and Ryan shot up on their list of players they’d be interested in.

They have also been linked to Baker Mayfield, who will eventually be traded by the Cleveland Browns, as well as Jimmy Garoppolo from the San Francisco 49ers and free agent Jameis Winston.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.