FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Atlanta Falcons announced that defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has signed his franchise tag tender on Monday.
Now that Jarrett has signed the tender, it means at the very least he will play under a one-year deal worth a reported $15,209,000. The move is a significant one and it's another step toward the two sides agreeing to a long-term deal.
"As we have said since the end of the season, getting a deal done with Grady is our priority," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said back in March. "Applying the franchise tag to him does not change that in any way. Our aim is for Grady to be an integral part of our plan for many years to come and this allows us to extend our negotiating window."
The Falcons still have until July 15 to reach a long-term contract with Jarrett. If they are unable to come to an agreement by then, Jarrett will play on a one-year deal.
The Falcons placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jarrett back on March 4. Jarrett was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year began on March 13. By applying the franchise tag on Jarrett, it assured that the defensive tackle would not hit the open market despite a long-term deal not being in place.
Jarrett, 25, was a fifth-round draft pick for the Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft and has become one of the top defensive tackles in the league. He has recorded 179 tackles, 40 quarterback hits, 31 tackles for loss and 14 sacks in four seasons.