On Tuesday morning, it was announced that star defensive tackle Grady Jarrett received a three-year contract extension worth up to $51 million, with $34.5 million guaranteed.
This contract extension puts Jarrett signed through the 2025 NFL season.
This deal will out Jarrett earning about $16.5 million per year, with Jarrett’s original cap hit for this year was set to be $23.8 million. With the extension, Atlanta lowers this number and frees up some much needed-cap space.
The full details of Jarrett’s three-year contract extension have yet to be announced.
General manager Terry Fontenot spoke about a potential extension last Tuesday, per an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"“We’ve been clear with how we feel about Grady, the person, the player, all those things,” Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said of the ongoing negotiations last Tuesday. “Love Grady, but we’ll keep that in house.”"
Jarrett has been a solid piece of the Atlanta Falcons’ defense since he was drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft, having played in at least 14 games every season since he was drafted out of Clemson.
During his time with the Atlanta Falcons, Jarrett has been named to two Pro Bowls and was named to the 2019 All-Pro team.
Last season with the Falcons, Jarrett started all 17 games, finishing with 59 total tackles (38 solo), one sack, three tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery.
Jarrett has played in 110 games and started 95 in an Atlanta Falcons uniform. In that time, Jarrett has racked up 359 total tackles (198 solo), 26.5 sacks, 54 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
With this extension, the Falcons will be expected to make Grady Jarrett a key piece of the long defensive rebuild in Atlanta. With Jarrett under contract until 2025, the Falcons will have one of the key leaders of their defense locked down for seasons to come.