Grady Jarrett

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 30: Grady Jarrett #97 of the Atlanta Falcons in action during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. The Falcons won 34-32. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (CBS46) – The Atlanta Falcons beat a 4 p.m. deadline Monday to finalize a long-term contract with franchise-tagged defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Falcons and Jarrett have agreed on a four-year deal worth $68 million.

No further details have been revealed about the deal, but the deal likely started with a value of at least $15 million for the first season.

His $17 million average puts him behind only two other defensive tackles in the NFL in terms of salary, Fletcher Cox and Aaron Donald. Both of those tackles have been selected to the Pro Bowl, which Jarrett hasn't yet.

Jarrett has been one of the most consistent defensive players the team has over the past three seasons. He became a full-time starter in 2016 and finished that season off with three sacks in the Super Bowl. Since then he has increased his sack total each year. For his career, he has recorded 179 tackles, 40 quarterback hits, 31 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks for his career.

The deal means Jarrett will be in training camp which starts for the Falcons rookies on July 18 and veterans like Jarrett on July 21.

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