Dimitroff confident on Matt Ryan extension

Without locking into any time frame, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he’s confident a contract extension will be worked out with quarterback Matt Ryan.

Dimitroff was asked by a fan for a status update during Thursday night’s State of the Franchise event.

“Obviously, Matt’s going to be with us here for a long time,’’ Dimitroff said. “We’re hoping to win many, many more games and many bigger games in the future. There’s no time frame on this right now. I can’t be specific. What I will say is we will be working very diligently over the next few months to make sure we secure someone who we believe is one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League.’’

Of course, that means Ryan will expect to be paid like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. That means a salary of somewhere around $20 million a year.

The salary range is pretty well set, but there is a lot more to consider. The structure of the deal will be key because the Falcons want to balance Ryan’s contract under the salary cap throughout the course of the deal.

That’s going to take some work, but I’m guessing something will get worked out before training camp. Knowing Dimitroff and Ryan, I don’t think they want this lingering and being a distraction during the season.