NFL free agency rumors: Falcons, Grady Jarrett reach four-year deal before franchise tag deadline

Falcons place franchise tag on DT Grady Jarrett

The Falcons did what they can to get Grady Jarrett to agree to a long-term deal before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET franchise tag deadline.

Jarrett agreed to a four-year deal worth $68 million with less than two hours left before the deadline, ESPN reported, citing league sources.

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

At first, ESPN reported that the Falcons would keep the franchise tag on Jarrett, but then they reported that both sides did what they could Monday morning to beat the deadline and strike a deal.

Jarrett, 26, already signed his $15.2 million franchise tag. As of Monday, 49ers kicker Robbie Gould and Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney had not reached deals off their franchise tags.

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

He had 52 tackles, six sacks, 16 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and eight tackles for losses last season.