Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks on the field Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, before a game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Matt Ryan: ‘No interest’ in coming back to QB Jets

Former Most Valuable Player turned booth announcer Matt Ryan said Monday he has “no interest” in coming out of retirement to play quarterback for the New York Jets.

Ryan, 38, was addressing a report from Sunday that his representatives had reached out to the Jets in the aftermath of Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending Achilles injury. Ryan said his agent was just doing his job to check on potential opportunities but that he’s content right where he is.

“My agent is one of the best at what he does — Todd France is incredible. And he wouldn’t be doing his job if he wasn’t looking into certain situations. But he and I talked and I’ve got no interest in doing that right now. I’m enjoying what I’m doing,” Ryan said Monday on CBS Sports.com.

Regardless, the Jets declined to engage on Ryan anyway.

Ryan joined CBS Sports as an analyst in May but said at the time that “this is not a retirement post.”

Ryan authored a 124-109-1 record in 15 seasons and threw for 62,792 yards and 381 touchdowns with the Atlanta Falcons (2008-21) and Indianapolis Colts (2022).

Fox Sports reported that Carson Wentz also reached out to the Jets but was told the team remains committed to quarterback Zach Wilson.

Wentz, 30, compiled a 46-45-1 record with 22,129 passing yards and 151 TDs in five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2016-20) and one each with the Colts (2021) and Washington Commanders (2022).

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks on the sideline Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, during a game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Matt Ryan takes CBS job but not retiring from NFL

Matt Ryan is joining CBS Sports as an analyst, but the veteran quarterback isn’t shutting the door on the NFL.

“Excited to join the @NFLonCBS family! Looking forward to breaking down the game this season,” he tweeted Monday morning.

“P.S. – this is not a retirement post”

The Indianapolis Colts released Ryan, the 2016 league MVP, in March after one season. The Colts acquired him last spring in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, but Ryan was unable to help the team’s longstanding issue at the quarterback position.

Indianapolis is turning to another new option at quarterback — Anthony Richardson, the No. 4 overall pick in 2023.

Ryan, who turns 38 on Wednesday, suffered a shoulder injury in Week 7 and then-coach Frank Reich announced the Colts would bench Ryan in favor of backup Sam Ehlinger for the rest of the season. Ryan got another chance after Reich later was fired and replaced by interim coach Jeff Saturday, but Ryan again lost the starting job — this time to journeyman Nick Foles — in December.

In 12 starts for Indianapolis, Ryan threw for 3,057 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His 9.9 yards per completion marked a career low.

Still, a team in need of a veteran quarterback could turn to Ryan.

The third overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft by Atlanta, Ryan has a lofty career resume. He ranks fifth in NFL history in both career pass completions (5,551) and attempts (8,464), seventh in passing yards (62,792) and ninth in touchdown passes (381).

–Field Level Media

Jan. 8, 2023; Indianapolis, IN; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) walks on the field Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, before a game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Mandatory Credit: Robert Scheer-USA TODAY NETWORK

Reports: Colts release former NFL MVP Matt Ryan

The Indianapolis Colts ended the Matt Ryan experiment after one season, releasing the veteran quarterback on Tuesday, several reports said.

The Colts acquired the 2016 league MVP last spring in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, but Ryan was unable to help the team’s longstanding issue at the quarterback position.

The Colts’ move to release Ryan frees up $17.2 million in cap space, while the team will maintain $18 million in dead salary for 2023.

Ryan, who turns 38 in May, injured a shoulder in Week 7 and then-coach Frank Reich announced the Colts would bench Ryan in favor of backup Sam Ehlinger for the rest of the season. Ryan got another chance after Reich was later fired and replaced by interim coach Jeff Saturday, but Ryan lost the starting job to Nick Foles in December.

In 12 starts for Indianapolis, Ryan threw for 3,057 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His 9.9 yards per completion marked a career low.

The Colts finished with a 4-12-1 record and will pick fourth overall in next month’s draft, making them a candidate to draft one of the top available quarterbacks.

If Ryan chooses to retire this offseason, he will conclude his NFL career having thrown for 62,792 yards and 381 touchdowns over 234 career games (all starts). He ranks seventh all-time in passing yardage, ninth in touchdowns and fifth in passing attempts (8,464).

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Nick Foles (9) runs the ball in the second half against theLos Angeles Chargers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Colts to stick with Nick Foles at QB against Giants

Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts against the New York Giants in Week 17, despite a less-than-stellar performance Monday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, interim head coach Jeff Saturday told reporters.

Foles made his first start of the season Monday and was 17-of-29 passing for 143 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. The former Super Bowl MVP also was sacked seven times for 39 yards.

While the Colts (4-10-1) are playing out the final two games of an unexpectedly miserable season, Sunday’s game is meaningful for the Giants (8-6-1). New York will clinch its first playoff berth since 2016 if they beat the Colts. The Giants have seven total scenarios under which they will qualify.

On the season, the Colts’ trio of quarterbacks — Foles, Matt Ryan and Sam Ehlinger — have thrown a combined 14 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions. Their QB rating is fifth-lowest in the league at 79.6.

The Colts close the season Jan. 8 against the Houston Texans.

–Field Level Media

Dec 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Colts QB Matt Ryan inactive for ‘MNF’

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan is a healthy inactive for Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, with Sam Ehlinger pegged to back up new starter Nick Foles.

Nick Foles was tabbed last week to be the Colts’ starter for the final three games of the season. However, it wasn’t known until Monday who would be QB2.

In addition to Ryan, the Colts’ other inactives for the game are CB Kenny Moore II (ankle), LB Cameron McGrone, OL Wesley French, TE Kylen Granson (ankle) and DL Chris Williams.

For the Chargers, QB Easton Stick, RB Sony Michel, S JT Woods, RB Isaiah Spiller, T Storm Norton and WR Michael Bandy are inactive for the game.

The move to Foles comes after the Colts squandered a 33-0 halftime lead in Week 15 and lost in overtime to the Minnesota Vikings.

Foles, 33, has appeared in just one game this season, taking two snaps. He hasn’t attempted a pass.

Indianapolis acquired Ryan in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason, hoping he’d lead what was perceived as a playoff-ready team deep into the postseason. Instead, he’s being benched for the second time this season.

Former coach Frank Reich announced on Oct. 24 that Ehlinger would start the rest of the season, but that didn’t last long. Reich was fired Nov. 7, and interim coach Jeff Saturday put Ryan back in the starting lineup.

In the epic 39-36 loss to the Vikings, Ryan threw for 118 yards in the first half but only 64 in the second half and overtime.

The No. 3 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 draft, Ryan is 4-7-1 as a starter this season. He has completed 67 percent of his passes this season for 3,057 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Now 37, Ryan was the league MVP in 2016 with the Falcons. He is in the fourth year of a five-year, $150 million deal he signed with Atlanta and is being paid $24.7 million, per Spotrac.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Nick Foles (9) hands off to Indianapolis Colts running back Phillip Lindsay (30), Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, during the Colts final preseason game, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

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Colts bench Matt Ryan again, turn to Nick Foles at QB

The Indianapolis Colts are benching starter Matt Ryan and will turn to former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles on Monday night at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Interim head coach Jeff Saturday announced his decision on Wednesday. The move comes after the Colts squandered a 33-0 halftime lead in Week 15 and lost in overtime to the Minnesota Vikings.

While he isn’t putting the offensive woes of the Colts (4-9-1) only on Ryan, Saturday said a change is warranted.

“I feel like Nick will give us a better chance to win these last three games,” Saturday said.

Still, he said the Colts starting quarterback will be decided week-by-week as Indianapolis closes the season against the Chargers, at the New York Giants on Jan. 1 and at home against the Houston Texans on Jan. 8.

Saturday said the coaching staff had yet to choose between Ryan or Sam Ehlinger as the backup to Foles.

Foles, 33, has appeared in just one game this season, taking two snaps. He hasn’t attempted a pass.

Subbing for an injured Carson Wentz, Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 41-33 win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII and was named the game’s most valuable player.

The Colts are Foles’ sixth team since the Eagles selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He is 29-27 as a starter and has 14,003 passing yards with 82 touchdowns and 43 interceptions. He signed with the Colts as a free agent in the offseason.

Indianapolis acquired Ryan in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason, hoping he’d lead what was perceived as a playoff-ready team deep into the postseason. Instead, he’s being benched for the second time this season.

Former coach Frank Reich announced on Oct. 24 that Ehlinger would start the rest of the season, but that didn’t last long. Reich was fired Nov. 7, and Saturday put Ryan back in the starting lineup.

In the epic 39-36 loss to the Vikings, Ryan threw for 117 yards in the first half but only 55 in the second half and overtime.

The No. 3 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 draft, Ryan is 4-7-1 as a starter this season. He has completed 67.0 percent of his passes this season for 3,057 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Now 37, Ryan was the league MVP in 2016 with the Falcons. He is in the fourth year of a five-year, $150 million deal he signed with Atlanta and is being paid $24.7 million, per Spotrac.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger (4) warms up as the team gets ready to face the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.   Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV-USA TODAY Sports

Colts promote QB Sam Ehlinger to starter

Sam Ehlinger is the new starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

The 2021 sixth-round pick will make his first career NFL start in Week 8 against the visiting Washington Commanders.

Veteran starter Matt Ryan, acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason, heads to the bench after suffering a shoulder sprain in Sunday’s setback at Tennessee.

Regardless of Ryan’s injury status, coach Frank Reich said the time is right to make a change for the Colts (3-3-1).

“Right now the move is for Sam to be the starter the rest of the season,” Reich told reporters Monday.

Ehlinger, 24, has not played a snap this season and has never attempted a pass in a regular season game. He gained 9 yards on three rushing attempts in three brief appearances as a rookie in 2021.

Ryan will not practice this week and veteran Nick Foles will be Ehlinger’s backup against the Commanders (3-4).

Ryan, 37, completed 33 of 44 passes for 243 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday’s 19-10 loss to the Titans. He has completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 2,008 yards, with nine TDs and a league-high nine interceptions in seven starts this season.

The Colts traded a 2022 third-round pick to the Falcons to acquire the former league MVP on March 21. Indianapolis fully guaranteed Ryan’s $24.7 million salary for this season and $12 million of his 2023 salary when he arrived, according to Spotrac.

Reich said the Colts did not provide Ryan with enough pieces to be successful.

“We didn’t deliver,” Reich said.

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The Indianapolis Colts QB, Matt Ryan(2) throws the ball during passing drills at Colts Camp on Monday, August 8, 2022, at Grand Park in Westfield Ind.

Matt Ryan will play in Colts’ first preseason game

The Matt Ryan era with the Indianapolis Colts will begin Saturday in Buffalo.

Ryan will start the Colts’ first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, his first appearance in a game with the club since the March trade from Atlanta.

“Play maybe a quarter, maybe a little less,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said Wednesday. “We’ll just take it as the flow of the game.”

Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger and Jack Coan are in line to follow Ryan when he comes out of the game.

Ryan, 37, becomes the fifth starter in five seasons for the Colts, who traded Carson Wentz to Washington only a year after acquiring him from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 2016 NFL MVP, Ryan won 120 games with the Falcons and owns nearly every franchise passing record. He guided Atlanta to the playoffs six times, including the Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots.

Ryan had 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2021 as the Falcons competed into December despite a roster that shouted “rebuild.”

The No. 3 overall pick in 2008, Ryan has 59,735 career passing yards and 367 TD passes. The yardage ranks eighth in NFL history and the touchdowns are ninth.

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Oct 27, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (right) after a game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning helping Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan in transitions

Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning knows exactly what Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan are going through.

It was 10 years ago that Manning, then 36, found himself at a crossroads. After 13 years as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, he missed the 2011 season with a neck injury. And when the Colts selected Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012, Manning signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos.

So Manning is serving as a sounding board for both QBs, aiding them as they make their transitions — Wilson to the Broncos, Ryan to the Colts.

“I’ve talked to Russell a number of times and we’ve had conversations about some of the things that helped me in my transition to a different team that I think can apply to anybody making the jump, especially after being in a place for a long time,” Manning told The Denver Post.

He said he had talked to new coach Nathaniel Hackett, too, “about some of those things, maybe some dos and don’ts that helped me and can certainly apply and Russell can hit the ground running here in his first year.”

Wilson, 33, spent 10 years at the helm of the Seattle Seahawks, who traded him and a 2022 fourth-round pick to Denver for first- and second-round picks in 2022 and ’23, a 2022 fifth-round pick and quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive end Shelby Harris. The Seahawks used a third-round pick on Wilson in the 2021 NFL Draft.

A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Wilson led the Seahawks to a 43-8 win over Manning and the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.

The Colts haven’t been to a Super Bowl since the Manning era — he led them there twice, winning Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears in 2007 — and Manning said Ryan could prove the difference on a talented Colts team.

Manning said he offered an ear to Ryan as rumors swirled that the Atlanta Falcons could trade Ryan this offseason.

“Matt was kind of like me,” Manning said. “Matt only wanted to play, probably, for the team that drafted him.”

Ryan, who turns 37 next month, was the No. 3 overall pick, by the Falcons in 2008, and he started 222 games over 14 seasons and won the league MVP award in 2016. Atlanta sent him to the Colts for a 2022 third-round draft pick.

“I’m excited about it,” Manning told IndyStar of Ryan’s trade to the Colts and his chance to play for coach Frank Reich.

“I told him how much he is going to enjoy playing there.” Manning said. “It’s a great opportunity for Matt and I’m also very excited for the Colts. Frank is a coach that is going to fit very well with Matt.”

The late-career move turned out just fine for Manning. With the Broncos, he won a Super Bowl and a league MVP award in four seasons there.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) reacts with New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) (not shown) on the field after the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Falcons use bonus day as ‘deadline’ for Matt Ryan trade

Clarity on the quarterback situation for the Atlanta Falcons is expected to arrive on Monday, when Matt Ryan’s delayed roster bonus of $7.5 million becomes guaranteed.

ESPN reported Monday that the Falcons informed interested teams that the bonus date, delayed from the start of the league year last week, is the deadline for a trade involving Ryan.

His bonus becomes fully guaranteed at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, according to reports.

The Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts are thought to be in the market while also considering Baker Mayfield, who was left without a seat in the quarterback carousel when the Browns acquired Deshaun Watson.

Multiple reports indicate Mayfield prefers the Colts, but his leverage is limited.

Teams might be willing to roll the dice for Ryan, who is due $51.8 million combined the next two seasons and has a salary cap hit of $40.5 million if traded.

The New Orleans Saints could have interest but it’s doubtful the Falcons would be willing to trade their 14-year starter to a division rival.

Ryan turns 37 in May but reportedly asked for a new three-year deal as the market value for starters continues to explode behind new contracts for Aaron Rodgers (three years, $150 million) and Deshaun Watson (five years, $230 million).

Ryan had 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2021 as the Falcons competed into December despite a roster that shouted “rebuild.”

The No. 1 overall pick in 2008, Ryan has 59,735 career passing yards and 367 TD passes.

–Field Level Media