DULUTH, Ga. -- Matt Ryan isn't focusing on contract talks as he appears destined to become the NFL's next $100 million quarterback.
Ryan said Monday that the timetable "is not something I worry about."
"I understand the nature of the business and how everything operates," he said at his Matt Ryan Celebrity Am Classic at TPC Sugarloaf.
"At the same time, my focus has always been to just try to prepare myself to just play and let all the other stuff take care of itself. I'm not really too worried about it. My sole focus this offseason is to prepare myself, to work really hard and to try to give ourselves another chance like we had last year."
Dimitroff also has said that Ryan "isn't worried about it right now because he knows there is something around the corner, as we do. I am hoping that we can agree to something going into the season."
Similarly, coach Mike Smith said last month at the NFL owner's meeting he expects Ryan to be the team's long-term leader.
"In terms of the timing and all that, I don't concern myself with it. That's something that Thomas and (team president) Rich McKay and his representatives have to talk about. But I know this is going to be our quarterback for a long, long time."
"I want to be here in Atlanta," he said. "I love this place. I love the organization and I'm sure it will take care of itself."
Umenyiora wore black loafers and a pained grimace as he played the hilly TPC Sugarloaf course in a foursome behind Ryan's.
"I'm absolutely horrible at this," Umenyiora said as he took a break from what he said was his first time playing golf. Umenyiora said he always has avoided other invitations to play golf but couldn't turn down the request from Ryan.
"I've ducked it every single time," Umenyiora said. "It took Matt Ryan to get me to come out here and swing the golf clubs. That shows how much respect I have for him and what he's trying to do."
The Falcons led the NFC with their 13-3 record. They beat Seattle for their first postseason win in the five years with Smith and Ryan before falling to San Francisco in the NFC championship game.
"We were close last year," Ryan said. "We didn't quite get it to where we want it to go, but at the same time we've got a lot of great players coming back. We're going to continue to work hard and really just try to give ourselves another opportunity."
"I think Thomas and his staff have done a great job this offseason," Ryan said. "You never like to see people go, especially when you have such great guys like Dunta, John Abraham and Michael Turner who have been extremely productive for us. You move on, that's part of the business, and I think they've done a great job addressing some of the areas they felt like they needed to address."
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