The Falcons are not close to reaching a new contract deal with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. This according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.
However, the Falcons remain optimistic a deal can get done.
“We’re working diligently on Grady Jarrett,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “That is our focus and will continue to be our focus right now. I’m confident that is going to get done.
“We feel very confident about that.”
In order to retain Jarrett’s rights and block him from becoming an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts March 13, the Falcons will have to place the franchise tag on Jarrett. They have a Tuesday deadline.
The franchise tag price for defensive tackles is set at $15,209 million. That would gobble up most of the Falcons’ $22.3 million under the cap heading into the free agency.
The salary cap for the 2019 season was set at $188.2 million.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team will consider using the franchise tag on Jarrett if the two sides cannot reach a new deal.
“I would say it’s definitely on the table to discuss really thoroughly, but we’ll have to wait until to then to see if a deal can be done first,” Quinn said on Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine.
The franchise tag for defensive tackles was $13,615 million last season.