What the History Says
The Falcons selected Jake Matthews with their 6th pick in the 2014 NFL draft. A family lineage dating back to 1983, Jake’s father and Grandfather played professional football. Jake has a long list of historical roots in the NFL. He is the 7th Matthews to compete in the league. You might have heard of his cousin, Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers’ outside linebacker.
What His Play Says
Matthews has solidified himself as one of the top offensive tackles in the league over his tenure and is now the 3rd highest paid offensive lineman on an annual value basis. He has shown durability starting 63 of 64 games of his NFL regular season career. Jake protected Matt Ryan’s blindside in his 2016 MVP season. Matthews was starting his 5thseason under the final year of his rookie contract. He will now make $75 million over the next 5 years and he will be protecting Ryan’s behind through 2023.
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What the Numbers Say
Taylor Lewan 2014 11th overall – 75.7 PFF GRADE IN 2017 – 16m per year
(signed his deal hours before Jake)
Nate Solder 2011 17th overall – 79.8 PFF GRADE IN 2017 – 15.5m per year
Jake Matthews 2014 6th overall – 80.8 PFF GRADE IN 2017 – 15m per year
The Final Word
Atlanta had their sights set on their Offensive Tackle after they made adjustments to Julio’s contract. Within the next 24 hours Jake got his new deal and now Atlanta sets their sight on locking up their premier core of young defenders. Look for Grady Jarrett likely up next on the docket, with Ricardo Allen not far behind. On Jake’s twitter profile he is shown inking the deal. The caption reads, “Excited to be a part of the #brotherhood for another 5 years. Appreciate Mr. Blank and the entire Falcons organization for making today possible. Can’t wait to play ball.” #RiseUp