The Falcons and Bryant agreed to a three-year extension Monday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports. Bryant's lengthy career continues onward. After splitting the first seven years in the NFL with four different organizations, the 42-year-old just completed his ninth campaign with the Falcons, during which he's racked up at least 111 points in his seven full seasons with the squad. In 2016, in particular, Bryant notched a league-leading 158 points in the backs of a whopping 56 extra points and 37 field goals en route to an appearance in Super Bowl LI. With a commitment through the 2020 season, he'll have a chance to continue marching up the ranks of all-time leading scorers (he ranks 17th, as of the conclusion of 2017).
Bryant clarified Friday that he has no intentions of retiring just yet, saying "I'll play two-three more years in this league," Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports. Bryant has now finished as a top-5 fantasy kicker in standard leagues for the second consecutive season after converting on 34 of his 39 field-goal attempts in 2017. With his contract expiring over the offseason, the Falcons have a decision to make as to whether or not they want to bring back the reliable veteran, who will turn 43 in May.
Bryant connected on a 33-yard field goal and an extra point in a 15-10 divisional round loss to the Eagles. Bryant was superb again this year, as the 41-year-old connected on 34-of-39 kicks, including a mesmerizing 17-of-19 from over 40 yards. He'll be 42 this offseason, and he's no longer under contract, so it's certainly possible that we've seen him kick in his final professional game. That being said, if he wants to come back, the Falcons would certainly give him a chance to earn the job and kick in what would be his 17th professional season.
Bryant connected on all four field-goal attempts and both extra points in Saturday's 26-13 NFC wild-card win over the Rams. The kicks weren't chip shots either, as two of his field-goal attempts were longer than 50 yards. The veteran kicker may be operating in worse weather conditions in the divisional round in Philadelphia, but he has to be considered one of the most reliable kicking options left in the playoffs.
Bryant made both his field-goal attempts (37 and 48 yards) and his lone extra-point try in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Saints. Bryant was without fault in Sunday's defeat and now ranks 10th league-wide in scoring ahead of Week 17's massive showdown with the Panthers.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||New Orleans Saints||19||7.67|
|6||10/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||7.50|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||21||7.88|
|12||11/23||@New Orleans Saints||19||7.67|
|14||12/09||@Green Bay Packers||26||8.25|
|17||12/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||7.50|