NFL: Falcons, Bryant agree on 3-year extension

Published 11:59 pm Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Bridge City native Matt Bryant is signed to continue kicking in the NFL until he’s 45, almost the age Morten Andersen was when he retired from the Atlanta Falcons.

Bryant on Monday agreed to a three-year contract extension that can be worth a maximum of $12 million, according to NFL Network, citing a source. Bryant reportedly received a $2 million bonus to sign with a base value of $10.5 million, according to the network.

Had Bryant not signed, he would have entered free agency, according to

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“I am ready to play — I’ll play two-three more years in this league,” Bryant told “There’s obviously some curious times ahead to see where those two-three years happen. You know I’d like to finish it here with this organization. I guess I have a history here, so I’d like to finish it up here.”

Bryant, who graduated from Bridge City in 1994, entered the league in 2002 with he New York Giants and made regular-season rosters with Indianapolis, Miami and Tampa Bay before joining the Falcons in 2009. The 2016 Pro Bowler has converted 85.8 percent of his field goals during his career and played in Super Bowl 51 with Port Arthur native Jonathan Babineaux against New England.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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