Falcons QB Matt Ryan traded to Colts, Marcus Mariota signed to contract

FILE - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws during the first half of an NFL...
FILE - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Atlanta. Falcons owner Arthur Blank says the team must have a succession plan at quarterback even while counting on Matt Ryan to continue as the starter in 2022.(AP Photo/Danny Karnik, File)(Danny Karnik | AP)
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 2:05 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Matt Ryan, starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons since 2008, has been traded.

News of the anticipated trade broke out Monday afternoon from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who tweeted that the Falcons would be trading Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts for a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The deal ends Ryan’s 14-year tenure as the team’s starting quarterback, where he set every major franchise passing record.

Falcons management announced they have agreed to terms with quarterback Marcus Mariota, saying the trade was a difficult decision, but that it was made easier by Matt’s professionalism and understanding.

Mariota was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans in the first round (second overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Oregon. The 28-year-old has completed 1,128-of-1,795 attempts (62.8 percent) for 13,437 yards, 77 touchdowns and 45 interceptions for an 89.5 passer rating in 74 games (61 starts) for the Titans and Raiders. He has also rushed for 1,574 yards on 264 attempts (6.0 avg.) and 13 touchdowns.

Upon entering the NFL in 2015, Mariota started 61-of-63 games over five seasons with Tennessee, completing 1,110-of-1,765 attempts (62.9 percent) for 13,207 yards, 76 touchdowns and 44 interceptions for an 89.6 passer rating. He spent the last two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders.

He signed a 2-year contract with the Falcons as an interim quarterback.