Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan, who was NFL MVP in 2016, will step off the field and into the broadcasting booth for the 2023 season. Ryan confirmed on his social media that he reached a deal with CBS Sports to become their new football analyst.
Announcing the news, Ryan made sure to point out that “this is not a retirement post.”
“It is truly an honor to join this exceptional team at CBS Sports,” said Ryan in a statement. “I have been blessed to have incredible teammates throughout my career, and I am fortunate that I will continue here working with and learning from the very best in the industry.”
Ryan played the 2022 season with the Indianapolis Colts but was benched two times due to poor performances. The 37-year-old Ryan finished the campaign with a 4-7-1 record as a starter, throwing for 3,057 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 13 picks. He was released by the Colts at the end of the season.
The Colts still owe Ryan $18 million for 2024, which is the most likely reason why he won’t retire just yet. If he was to retire, he would walk away from that money. Also, the veteran is likely keeping his options open in case he founds a situation where he could step in and be a short-term starter or a high-end backup.
Before coming to Indianapolis, Matt Ryan played 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. During that time, he led the Falcons to a Super Bowl LI appearance while earning four Pro Bowl appearances and NFL MVP honors. Ryan currently holds several NFL records, including consecutive NFL games with at least 200 passing yards with 64.