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Falcons, tackle Jake Matthews agree to $75 million extension

It’s a good time to be a standout offensive tackle in the NFL.

The Atlanta Falcons announced Friday morning that they have agreed to terms on a long-term extension with Jake Matthews. The deal spans five years, the team said.

The Falcons did not reveal any financial details, but multiple outlets are reporting that Matthews’ new contract is worth a total of $75 million with $50 million guaranteed.

Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Jake Matthews (70) sets to block against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game, Sunday, November 12, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 27-7. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Where does Matthews’ contract rank among NFL tackles?

News of Matthews’ contract emerged about an hour after the Tennessee Titans announced a long-term deal with Taylor Lewan. Lewan’s deal, a reported five-year, $80 million agreement, makes him the highest-paid tackle in the league at $16 million per year.

Matthews isn’t too far behind. At $15 million annually, the Texas A&M product slots in at No. 3 behind Lewan and Nate Solder, who signed a four-year, $62 million free agent deal with the New York Giants after spending his first seven seasons with the New England Patriots.

Why did the Falcons extend Jake Matthews’ contract?

Matthews was Atlanta’s first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in 2014. He was chosen to solidify the left tackle spot, protecting Matt Ryan’s blindside. After some initial struggles, has done just that, starting all 63 games he has played in his NFL career.

With the Julio Jones contract situation dealt with for the time being, it was important for Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff to take care of Matthews ahead of the 2018 season. Next on the agenda are two other young talents: defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and safety Ricardo Allen.

At training camp on Thursday, Dimitroff told reporters that the team is working toward securing agreements with both players.

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