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Falcons' Matt Bryant says he'll play two or three more years, wants to finish career in Atlanta


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is one of Atlanta's 15 unrestricted free agents this year.

And at the age of 42, Bryant was asked if he wants to continue to play or will he call it a career?

Bryant put to rest any conversation of him possibly retiring.

The veteran kicker believes he's coming off his best year of his 16-year career and sees himself playing for a few more years and hopes he finishes his career with the Falcons.

"I know I am capable," Bryant said. "I've proven it. I am ready to play – I'll play two-three more years in this league. There's obviously some curious times ahead to see where those two-three years happen. You know I'd like to finish it here with this organization. I guess I have a history here, so I'd like to finish it up here. But you don't know."

Bryant has been invaluable to the Falcons organization since he arrived in 2009. He ranks fourth among the NFL's active scoring leaders with 1,624 points and has made 85.78 percent of his field goals throughout his career.

In the 2017 season alone, Bryant hit on 34 of his 39 field goals, good for an 87.2 percent conversion rate. He also tied his career high with 34 made field goals this year.

Bryant understands the business and all that comes with it when you enter the back end of your career.

But that doesn't consume his mind– he keeps things simple and only cares about doing his job to the best of his ability every day.

Obviously I recognize I'm an elder statesman in the league. You know whenever I go out to kick a ball the ball never asks how old I am. And the goalposts, they could care less. You know my job is to kick the ball through the uprights."

The Falcons will have to make a decision on whether they'll re-sign Bryant who will be 43 when the 2018 season rolls around.

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