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Fleur-de-Links, May 5: Falcons give Matt Ryan five more years to lose another Super Bowl

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The quarterback who once lost a playoff game by 24-2 is now the NFL’s highest-paid player.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Defensive end Cameron Jordan #94 of the New  Orleans Saints sacks quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons  during a game at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 21: Defensive end Cameron Jordan #94 of the New Orleans Saints sacks quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Georgia Dome.
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Word on the Street

High price of pass-rushers led to Saints' draft-day stunner | ESPN
Marcus Davenport is in New Orleans because the team knows how important it has become to acquire elite edge rushers. So how rare was the Saints' move?

Saints have rebuilt their depth, which means some familiar names might end up playing for other teams | theadvocate.com
The Saints haven’t been much of a feeder system for the rest of the league.

Colston weighs in on Saints' revamped receiving corps | WWL
"I think it's gonna be a really competitive group heading into training camp. If there's one thing history has taught you, it's that you can't have enough playmakers."

There’s a Lot to Like About the Bucs’ Defensive Rebuild | The Ringer
Tampa Bay is putting the pieces in place to make a leap with their last-place unit

Panthers DB Coach Curtis Fuller Resigned Amid Misconduct Allegations | Bleacher Report
Carolina Panthers defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller resigned Wednesday, and on Friday the team announced he stepped down stemming from " complaints of workplace misconduct," per David Newton of ESPN...

Matt Ryan, Falcons Reportedly Agree to 5-Year Contract, $100 Million Guaranteed | Bleacher Report
The Atlanta Falcons and franchise quarterback Matt Ryan reportedly reached an agreement Thursday on a five-year contract extension that includes $100 million guaranteed...

Lagniappe

The Five NFL Teams With the Biggest Holes to Fill | The Ringer
Free agency and the draft are behind us, but some teams still have question marks looming over their roster

Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus NFL Rookie Award Predictions | Bleacher Report
After months of rumination and speculation, the NFL draft has finally come and gone. We now know Baker Mayfield will begin his pro career in Cleveland, where he'll hope to both ...

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick Don't Need to Be Close for the Patriots to Win | Bleacher Report
The first sign there was trouble in the Super Bowl factory came in January. That's when a bombshell report by ESPN's Seth Wickersham hit. It was an explosive story ...

Jason Witten Officially Announces Retirement from Football | Bleacher Report
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announced Thursday he has officially retired from the NFL after 15 seasons. The NFL shared comments from Witten's press conference confirming his retirement.

Steelers place LB Ryan Shazier on reserve/PUP list | NFL.com
The Steelers placed linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which effectively ended Shazier's chances to play 2018, the team announced.