The Atlanta Falcons secure their left entry at the start, Jake MatthewsFor the foreseeable future, after agreeing terms for a three-year contract extension, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Monday.
The source told Fowler that the extension would pay Matthews more than $18 million per season.
The news was first reported by the NFL Network.
The 30-year-old Matthews, who was selected in the team’s first round in 2014, has been a mainstay in the left tackle since he was drafted. He has played – and started – in all but one of the games since being named sixth overall, playing 98% or more of Atlanta’s offensive tackle in each of the past five seasons.
“Jake goes about his business quietly and is about to underestimate or disregard the man,” midfielder Matt Ryan He said last season. “He’s solid. I mean, he’s there every week and he’s good technically, really good technique when it comes to passing protection, really good technique in the running game.
“He plays really hard for us. He’s a great leader by example. He’s got a really good role model for the way he sets himself up, week and week, that guys can look at him and say how you do that, and I think that’s been really good for us.”
Matthews, the 2018 Pro Bowl pick, had two years left on his current contract, including a $23,689,200 hit for the 2022 season — a number that will likely drop with his extension.
Matthews was scheduled to earn $12.5 million in base salary in 2022 and $14 million in base salary in 2023 before the extension.
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