Grady Jarrett, Falcons reportedly far apart on long-term deal

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Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said from the Scouting Combine last week that he is optimistic that the team can agree to a long-term deal with impending free agent Grady Jarrett, but didn’t say if that would happen before Tuesday’s deadline to use the franchise tag.

Head coach Dan Quinn said that using the tag was a real possibility and that may be the best way for the Falcons to proceed if they want to ensure Jarrett remains in Atlanta. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Falcons and Jarrett are “not close” to striking a deal.

The franchise tag for Jarrett would come with a $15.209 million salary for 2019. That would eat up much of the $22 million or so in cap space that the Falcons are currently projected to have when the league year opens on March 13.

Jarrett is No. 4 on PFT’s list of this year’s top free agents and would likely have wide interest around the league if he were to hit the open market.

8 responses to “Grady Jarrett, Falcons reportedly far apart on long-term deal

  1. Too bad. Not sure how he played last year but I remember he was a monster in the SB. I think he sacked Brady 3 times and had 3 or 4 tackles for loss.

  2. Let’s see…..Dan Quinn just announced Beasley would remain with the team on 5th year option for 1yr at $12.8 million. Beasley has done nothing to deserve staying on the team except being Quinn’s first draft pick as head coach and Dan is unwilling to admit he screwed up picking Beasley. Now, they are trying to come up with money to keep, arguably, their best defensive lineman! Arthur Blank needs to wake up and clean house in the front office and this terrible head coach. It’s easy to over pay players when it’s not your money being spent.

  3. Though Beasley will be overpaid next year (if he really is kept), not keeping a player in order to pay another more then his value is also not good football business.
    All we know is the franchise tag number. We don’t know if Atlanta’s offer is reasonable or if Grady’s demand is reasonable. They could be far apart because both are crazy.
    If he is demanding $20 million a year, should they just cut Beasley and whomever else and pay it?

    (but yes, Julio and other “loyalty” resigns are problem causers)

  4. It’s a good thing they gave Matty the Choker Ryan all that money. If I were Jarrett I’d want to go somewhere else where he’d have a chance to win. Ryan is just going to lose multiple games every year because he collapses in the second half of games. The Falcons are going NOWHERE as long as Ryan is their QB. That window is nailed shut.

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