Falcons agree on three-year, $10.5 million contract with Matt Bryant 


The Falcons agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $10.5 million with kicker Matt Bryant on Monday, the team announced.

He was set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 14. 

Bryant received a $2 million signing bonus and incentives can pushed the deal up to $12 million. 

Bryant, who will turn 43 on May 29, became the franchise’s all-time scoring leader when he scored in 806th point in 2016, surpassing Morten Andersen.

Bryant scored his 1,000th point with the franchise last season on a game-winning 52-yard field goal to beat the Saints in December.

In 2017, Bryant was a perfect 38-for-38 on extra points and 39-of-44 on field goals, including going 10-of-11 on field goal attempts over 50 yards. 

Bryant showed no signs of slowing down. He was the Falcons key offensive weapon last season, the reason they reached the playoffs with a regular-season win over the Panthers and a playoff game on the road against the Rams. He made nine field goals in the two games.

Bryant was the 11th-highest paid kicker in the league last season at $1.45 million. The Panthers’ Graham Gano and the Cowboys’ Dan Bailey were the top-paid kickers at $3.2 million last season. 

The Titans signed Ryan Succop, 31, to a five-year, $20 million deal recently. He received $7.5 million guaranteed. The Colts re-signed Adam Vinatieri for a one-year deal worth $3.625. 

Vinatieri, who will be 46, is No. 2 all-time in points (2,487) and field goals (559). He needs 58 points to surpass Hall of Famer Andersen (2,544) as the game’s all-time leading scorer. 

Bryant is coming off a strong season.

“I’ve been asked that question a bunch, just from the people back in my hometown and just across the whole spectrum,” Bryant said recently about how long he wants to play. “For me, my initial feeling is as long as I can be significant.

“I guess somebody would say what’s the definition of being significant. I would say last year was a very good example.”

Bryant was good from long range last season, as he noted.

“I was 10 of 11 from 50-plus,” Bryant said. “Another good example would be the Carolina game and the L.A. game, when I had to kick those 50-yarders. We were maybe up by like six and I made that field goal and we went up by two scores. If I miss it, now they are already at midfield. So, as long as I can keep doing that, I want to be asset. I don’t want to be just going through the motions.” 


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