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The Atlanta Falcons have decided not to EXERCISE kicker Matt Bryant's team option for the 2019 season.

“Matt Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest Falcons of all time,” said Arthur M. Blank. “He is the leading scorer in the history of the team with 1,122 points and made countless memorable and game-winning kicks. His reliability and dependability were unmatched, and he has been unflappable in pressure-filled moments. Matt has represented our organization and city so well on and off the field by living our core values through hundreds of hours of community service. He was rightfully recognized as our Walter Payton Man of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. We are deeply grateful for his contributions to the Atlanta Falcons and wish Matt, his wife Melissa and their children all the best in the future.”

Bryant has etched his name on several pages of the Falcons record book. Bryant’s 1,122 points scored are a franchise best and the third most points scored in the NFL since 2009. He also owns several other franchise records, including most PATs made a season (56 –’16) and a career (372), most field goals made in a season (33 - ‘12) and a career (250), best field goal percentage (.887), and most 50-yard field goals (36).

“Matt Bryant is a true competitor and one of the most dependable players I have ever worked with,” said Head Coach Dan Quinn. “He proved that time and time again through his focused approach and demeanor. Moves like this are always difficult because we know how much he meant to this brotherhood and this city. We thank him for his contributions to the team.”
“I am extremely grateful for everything that Matt Bryant has done for this organization over the last 10 years,” said General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. “There is no doubt he is one of the all-time great Falcons as he’s been an integral part of our success. This was a difficult decision but one that was necessary for us to move forward into 2019. We have the utmost respect for the person and the player that Matt is, and we wish he and his family the best going forward.”

Bryant’s 1,717 career points rank fifth among the NFL’s all-time active point leaders. Bryant also put 388 field goals through the uprights during his extended career, which is fourth among the active field goal leaders. He also recorded 100+ points in a single season 10 times during his career – only 17 other players have accomplished this feat 10-or-more times.

Bryant joined the Falcons in 2009 and created several lasting memories in the hearts and minds of Falcons fans. In 2016, he was selected to the Pro Bowl and he won player of the week four times as a Falcon. In 2012, Bryant made a 49-yard field goal against the Seattle Seahawks with 13 seconds remaining to send the Falcons to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 2004.

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