Grady Jarrett gets $42.5 million fully guaranteed, as a practical matter, at signing

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Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett capped his rookie season with three sacks in Super Bowl LI. He has now capped his rookie contract with a four-year, big-money deal.

Per a league source, here’s the full breakdown of Jarrett’s new contract.

1. Signing bonus: $18 million.

2. 2019 salary: $6.5 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2020 option bonus: $3 million, fully guaranteed.

4. 2020 salary: $10.5 million, fully guaranteed.

5. 2021 base salary: $13.5 million, $4.5 million of which is guaranteed for injury at signing and becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2020 (not 2021) league year.

6. 2022 base salary: $16.5 million.

That translates to a four-year, $68 million contract, with $38 million fully guaranteed at signing, covering the first two years of the deal. (That’s more than he would have gotten under two years of the tag.) Also, the additional $4.5 million in injury guarantees become fully guaranteed after only one season. To avoid that, the Falcons would have to cut Jarrett after only one year, at $38 million.

For a guy who has never had more than six sacks, that’s a great deal. It puts him behind only Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox among interior defensive linemen.

Also, the Falcons pushed for a five-year deal. Limiting it to four years gets Jarrett back to the market before his 30th birthday.

8 responses to “Grady Jarrett gets $42.5 million fully guaranteed, as a practical matter, at signing

  1. Wow. I realize the Falcons D is not very good, but that’s crazy money. He’s a good player, but $17 million a year?

  2. Sick of fans thinking “sacks” is the standard for greatness..its not. Philly’s own B.Graham got paid because of something called “impact plays” which is all that matters with Grady as well!

  3. looks like the falcons will be regretting this after only a year and a half, it’s not all about sacks, or pressures, stopping the run game early is equally important (esp. now that teams will be going back to it now that D’s have lighter D-lines and LB’s), but still, this guys a good player, but certainly not worth those numbers- they are hamstringing themselves when it comes to both the cap and signing other players who will look at this deal as a comparison

  4. tylawspick6 says:

    July 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Insane. This guy is not on Trey Flowers’s level. He is a notch down. An above average player only.


    One plays as a edge rusher DE(Trey Flowers) and the other plays as a interior DT(Grady Jarrett). But by all means continue to show your complete lack of football knowledge.

  5. Who cares about guarantees? Guarantees only matter when a player is not worth the money the contract says he’ll be paid. Players and agents who tout the guarantees are proclaiming that they don’t care if the player actually earns his paycheck or not.

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