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.
Jarrett, Atlanta agree to 4-year deal
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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