Matt Bryant is far from retirement.


The Falcons were wishing that kicker Matt Bryant would continue in his career similarly to Adam Vinatieri. Vinatieri has been in the league for what seems like forever, and despite his age continues to play consistent, and make many clutch field goals.

Matt Bryant fulfilled the Falcons wishes by not retiring. Although he has been in the league for 14 years and spent the last seven of those with the Falcons, he is not ready to call it quits. Why should he? As far as consistent kickers are concerned, Bryant has many, many good years left in the tank. “I’m good. Rest and not pushing it was the best. I could have played the last two games but without being 100 percent mentally sure about it, I expressed and it was agreed that it wouldn’t be the best for the team or myself. I still have some good, productive years left. I won’t let one anomaly of a year get in the way of what I’ve done and what I’m still capable of.”

Matt Byant is set to make somewhere in the $2.9 million range for the 2016 season and will have solid competition from rookie kicker Nick Rose. Although the rookie kicker shows promise, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” comes to mind. Bryant has an 85% career field goal average, 77-101 from the 40-49 yard range, and is 20 of 34 from 50 yards plus. In 2015, he was 14 of 18 on FG kicks but he missed a little time with a quad injury.

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