The Atlanta Falcons will keep one of their key defensive players for the foreseeable future.
The club on Tuesday agreed to a three-year extension with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who is worth up to $17 million a year in new money and $51 million in total for the extension if he achieves certain incentives, a source confirmed to ESPN. The extension includes a guaranteed $34.5 million.
Jarrett is now signed to the 2025 season for a total worth of $67 million, including the money he would make in 2022.
News of the terms of the deal was first reported by WSB-TV in Atlanta. The Falcons confirmed that Jarrett agreed to a three-year extension, but did not disclose any financial terms.
Jarrett — who celebrated his 29th birthday on Thursday, the first day of the NFL drawing — was a fifth-round pick by the Falcons in 2015 from Clemson. The Conyers, Georgia player became a starter for Atlanta in his sophomore season, in 2016. He made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2019 and 2020 and has started every game he has played for Atlanta since the beginning of that 2016. . season. In total, he has appeared in 110 games – 95 of which – with 359 tackles, 26.5 sacks, 5 force fumbles and 3 fumbles.
Jarrett, the son of former Falcons linebacker Jessie Tuggle, moved a bit from defensive tackle to defensive end last season in defensive coordinator Dean Pees’s 3-4 schedule in a bid to create even better matchups.
Jarrett (6 feet, 305 pounds) became the focal point of opposing offensive lines, sometimes facing triple teams as he tried to work his way off blocks.
“Based on the way Grady plays and his reputation, I think people will protect him,” said Falcons coach Arthur Smith. “We’re also moving him a bit, but yeah, I mean, if you play against us, you’re definitely going to factor him into your protection programs.”
With Jarrett staying on, he will become one of the key leaders for the Falcons as they transition most of their roster. He is the second Falcons player to receive extended extension this season, joining left tackle Jake Matthews. The team also traded quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts, and in the past 12 months, it traded wide receiver Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans and had receiver Calvin Ridley banned for at least a year for gambling.
Atlanta is also restructuring its front seven, with Jarrett at the center. Linebacker Foye Oluokun signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency, and the Falcons signed Rashaan Evans to possibly replace him.
The team has brought in three new edge rushers – Lorenzo Carter and Arnold Ebiketie and DeAngelo Malone – to try and divert the opponents’ attention from Jarrett. Atlanta also signed a defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, possibly to give Jarrett more help with the interior.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler contributed to this report.