"I'm not concerned," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff told reporters when asked about Ryan's contract Wednesday. "Like I've said before, our focus is on Matt and getting him secured here for years to come. He wants to be with us, we want him to be here. As I've said, I don't think it's a complicated situation. I think it's a significant situation. He's a very important part to the organization. There's no time frame on it right now.
"I think you would like to go into the season making sure that things are secured but there's no time frame as far as people saying, 'Well, do you want to get this done before free agency?' Of course you'd like to get it done tomorrow, just because it's a load off your mind."
Will Ryan earn that moniker at some point? The league year begins March 14. After that, all bets are off.