Falcons, Grady Jarrett reach 4-year deal before franchise tag deadline

Falcons place franchise tag on DT Grady Jarrett

The Falcons and Grady Jarrett agreed to a long-term deal before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET franchise tag deadline, ensuring a key piece of Atlanta’s front four remains in place going forward.

The team announced the four-year deal, with ESPN reporting it will pay Jarrett up to $68 million. The defensive tackle is guaranteed $42.5 million, according to NFL Media

Atlanta placed the franchise tag worth $15.2 million on the defensive tackle on March 4 to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

ESPN initially reported Monday morning that the Falcons would keep the franchise tag on Jarrett, but reports soon emerged that there were hopes of striking a long-term agreement before the afternoon deadline. 

Jarrett, 26, is coming off his rookie contract, which was worth $2.527 million over four years.

The Atlanta-area native had 52 tackles, six sacks, 16 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and eight tackles for losses last season.