Falcons use franchise tag on Grady Jarrett

AP

The Falcons have placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, the team announced Monday.

Jarrett is the latest defensive lineman or linebacker to get the tag today, with the Cowboys tagging DeMarcus Lawrence, the Texans tagging Jadeveon Clowney, the Seahawks tagging Frank Clark and the Chiefs tagging Dee Ford.

“As we have said since the end of the season, getting a deal done with Grady is our priority,” General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “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’ move is not a surprise given a report Sunday that the sides are “not close” on a deal.

The franchise tag for Jarrett comes with a $15.209 million salary for 2019.

Jarrett ranks fourth on PFT’s list of top-100 free agents.

Jarrett, 25, has 14 sacks, 179 tackles and three forced fumbles in his four seasons.

7 responses to “Falcons use franchise tag on Grady Jarrett

  1. $15 mil? He isn’t Geno Atkins or Aaron Donald. I realize they are buying time for LT deal, but hard to believe they will pay $15 mil a year average.

  2. $15M?? Dont get me wrong Grady Jarrett is an above-average good very solid DT but he’s not an elite special player along the interior D-Line. Falcons would of been much better off working out a long deal with him. If the Falcons can land a truly elite DT prospect next to him in round 1 of the draft that would give ATL a very scare interior defensive line. Given how poor offensive guard play is in todays game i’m surprised more teams dont focus on building up their interior pass rush given how much interior pressure affects QBs. That is one big reason i’d love to see Arizona trade back to 4th overall with OAK in exchange for their 24th & 69th (3rd round) overall draft picks. Given how the reports coming out of OAK on Kyler Murray that say John Gruden is absolutely lin love with him that very well could happen giving Gruden his franchise QB & the Raiders a super super marketable player to excite the fan base with & get people in Vegas uber excited as like it or not a player like Murray would attract fans nationally and get the casual Raiders fan paying attention to the Raiders again. That is all of immense value to a Raiders team moving to Vegas next year & is trying revitalize their brand nationally breathing new life into the franchise.

  3. He is worth more than Matt Ryan because he is above average at his position, does not rely mostly on elite teammates to produce, and he does not consistently fold when it counts most. Unfortunately for the Falcons, it will be hard to keep the defense together long term with all the wasted money on a QB who disappears under the lights, a receiver who makes his QB one-dimensional and cannot score, and an overpaid third down RB.

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