Rookie QBs Cash In

Which two rookie quarterbacks stand to make a lot more money than expected this season?'s Adam Caplan has the answer. Look for Adam's exclusive insider blog throughout the NFL Network!

When the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterbacks with their first-round picks, the hope was that they would get consistent play from each signal caller by some time next season.

As things have turned out, the dividends are starting to be paid.

The Falcons couldn't be any happier with Matt Ryan.

Not only has Ryan played at a high level so far, many believe he's in the lead for the rookie of the year and he could also get some MVP votes.

But Joe Flacco's ascension this season has been even more surprising.

Consider that Baltimore's plan was for him to handle the No. 3 role to being the season and for him to work his way up the depth chart.

That plan was quashed when Kyle Boller suffered a serious shoulder injury and then Troy Smith suffered an illness which caused him to lose a lot of weight.

Flacco had to take every snap during their pre-season game at the St. Louis Rams and that showed the team that he was ready to play.

He has steadily improved each week and has put up 9 TD passes and just 2 INTs in his last five games.

Because of their success, both rookies stand to make more money than expected this season if the team is still playing in January.

A league source notes Ryan stands to make an extra $1 million if the team wins the Super Bowl ($100,000 if the team wins a Wild Card game, $200,000 if the team wins in the next round, and $400,000 if the team makes it to the Super Bowl, maximum total of $1 million if Atlanta wins the Super Bowl game).

Flacco would receive $200,000 for each playoff victory. But he's also set to make an additional $750,000 with 80 percent of the offensive snaps this season (will be achieved once he starts and finishes this week's game).

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