Deadline deal done: Falcons, Grady Jarrett reportedly agree to 4-year, $68 million contract

Shalise Manza YoungYahoo Sports Contributor

The deadline for franchise-tagged players and their respective teams to agree to a long-term contract is Monday at 4 p.m. ET.

We saw a deal get done for one of the three remaining players who fell into this category — San Francisco and kicker Robbie Gould agreed to a two-year contract with an option for two more earlier Monday — and now we have a second.

The Atlanta Falcons and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett have reportedly beat the clock.

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The third tagged player with an unresolved contract, Jadeveon Clowney, isn’t expected to have a long-term contract by the end of the business day with the general manager-less Texans.

Jarrett, Atlanta agree to 4-year deal

Secured the bag: Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett agreed to a four-year contract with the team on Monday. (Getty Images)
Secured the bag: Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett agreed to a four-year contract with the team on Monday. (Getty Images)

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jarrett and the Falcons have agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract; it is not known as of this writing how much of that is guaranteed, which of course is the most important number in NFL contracts.

Update: NFL Network reports that $42.5 million is guaranteed, or a healthy 62.5 percent.

Among interior defensive linemen, the $17 million per year average for Jarrett is behind only the Philadelphia Eagles’ Fletcher Cox and the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald.

Jarrett signed his $15.209 million franchise tender in April, but that will be torn up with the long-term contract.

The 137th pick in the 2015 draft out of Clemson, Jarrett has not yet been named to a Pro Bowl but is an integral part of the Atlanta defense.

From cool to hot

Todd France, Jarrett’s agent, told D. Orlando Leadbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that negotiations between the sides were “cool” as of a couple of days ago but could “heat up” quickly.

France and the Falcons were meeting face-to-face on Monday and hammered out a deal amendable to both sides.

Since Jarrett is only 26 years old, if he plays out his new contract and continues to improve, he’ll have another shot at a significant contract after the 2022 season, when he’ll be just 30 years old.

He was the Falcons’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee last year.

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