Grady Jarrett Inks Deadline-Beating New DealBy Connor Lynch
It took until deadline day, but Grady Jarrett and the Atlanta Falcons finally agreed to terms on a new contract.
Grady Jarrett on Monday signed a four-year, $68 million contract. Additionally, the new deal comes with $42.5 million in guarantees.
The Atlanta Falcons tied Grady Jarrett down with only an hour left before the deadline. The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year deals was 4pm ET on Monday.
Jarrett signed a $15.209 million franchise tag in April and he and the team have been vying for a long term solution since.
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“As we have said since the end of the season, getting a deal done with Grady has been a priority and we are pleased to have accomplished that today,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a release.
“Grady is an integral part of our organization and we look forward to moving together for many years to come.”
The new contract means that among interior defensive linemen, only Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox earn more than Jarrett. His $17 million per year average is just behind Cox’s ($17.1M) and five million less than Donald’s ($22.5M).
Jarrett began starting for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 and has since become a mainstay in their defense. In the last three seasons, he has 13 sacks, 179 tackles, and 143 total pressures generated.
It’s that consistency which caused team owner Arthur Blank to say that Jarrett would be a ‘Falcon for life’ earlier this summer. At just 26, that gives the Falcons years of solid defending if Blanks prediction comes to fruition.
If he maintains his level, Jarrett will be due another huge payoff when his contract expires in 2023.