The Falcons are also hoping to re-sign kicker Matt Bryant.
“Matt had a very good season for us this year,” Dimitroff said. “We continue to be very proud of how he continues to kick into his age. … He’s done a very nice job and we will definitely continue to talk to him about next season.”
The Falcons want to reduce Ryan’s 2018 salary cap hit from $21.65 million. A contract extension could lessen the cap hit to as low as $10 million, significantly increasing the available money to re-sign current players or to sign other free agents.
During the 2016 season, the Falcons re-signed cornerback Robert Alford and tackle Ryan Schraeder in December.