NFL free agency rumors: Falcons, Grady Jarrett trying to reach deal before franchise tag deadline

Falcons place franchise tag on DT Grady Jarrett

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.

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.