The Falcons are doing what they can to get Grady Jarrett to agree to a long-term deal before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET franchise tag deadline.
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 place the franchise tag on Garrett, but then they reported that both sides are doing what they can to beat the deadline and strike a deal.
There is now some hope that the Falcons and franchised DT Grady Jarrett can beat today’s 4 p.m. ET deadline for a long-term deal and get done an agreement, per sources. No assurances, but both sides working to make it happen. Deadlines spur action.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2019
Garrett, 26, already signed his $15.2 million franchise tag. As of Monday morning, only Garrett, 49ers kicker Robbie Gould and Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney had not reached deals off their franchise tags.
He is coming off his rookie contract, which was worth $2.527 over four years.
Jarrett had 52 tackles, six sacks, 16 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and eight tackles for losses last season.