In a Tuesday email to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, owner Arthur Blank dismissed any concerns but continued to insist there was no timeline for getting a deal done.
"The most direct and honest answer is: no need to worry, good conversations are happening, they are positive and there's no timetable for this," the Falcons' owner wrote.
Kirk Cousins reset the quarterback contract bar with his $84 million guaranteed pact in free agency, giving Ryan and his agent a template to work from in negotiations.
Ryan is set to make $19.25 million in 2018 and count $21.65 million against the salary cap, per Over The Cap. If sides can't come to an agreement on a long-term deal, his franchise tender in 2019 would be about $26 million, with another $31.2 million in 2020.
Ryan isn't going anywhere. The question is whether the Falcons will be willing to go over the $76.45 million guaranteed three-year cash flow to get the former MVP's contract closer to the Cousins deal.