Falcons part ways with kicker Matt Bryant

Kicker Matt Bryant, affectionately known as “Money Matt,” will not return for the 2019 season after the Atlanta Falcons declined his team option on Wednesday.

Bryant, 43, signed with the Falcons prior to the 2009 season, and leaves Atlanta as the leading scorer in franchise history with 1,122 points. His 158 points in 2016 is a Falcons single-season record.

Kicker Matt Bryant, affectionately known as “Money Matt,” will not return for the 2019 season after the Atlanta Falcons declined his team option on Wednesday.

Bryant, 43, signed with the Falcons prior to the 2009 season, and leaves Atlanta as the leading scorer in franchise history with 1,122 points. His 158 points in 2016 is a Falcons single-season record. “Matt Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest Falcons of all time,” Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank said.

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“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 owns a slew of other team records and earned his nickname after nailing a number of game-winning kicks. Bryant owns franchise records for most points in a season (158), most point after touchdowns (372), and field goals made (250). In 2018, Bryant made 20 of 21 field goal attempts (95.2 percent) and 33 of 35 extra point attempts (94.3). For his career, Bryant has made 388 of 450 field goal attempts (86.2 percent) and has converted 553 of 560 points after attempts (98.8 percent).

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