Fal­cons place fran­chise tag on Jar­rett, but still wants new deal

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The At­lanta Fal­cons have placed a fran­chise tag on Grady Jar­rett while say­ing they still hope to ne­go­ti­ate a long-term con­tract with the de­fen­sive tackle.

The $15.2 mil­lion tag comes af­ter Jar­rett was a bright spot in the Fal­cons’ dis­ap­point­ing 2018 sea­son. Jar­rett had 52 tack­les, a ca­reer-high six sacks and three forced fum­bles as the leader of At­lanta’s de­fen­sive front.

The 25-year-old Jar­rett was seen as one of the top free agents at de­fen­sive tackle. Gen­eral man­ager Thomas Dim­itroff said last week that re-sign­ing Jar­rett was an off­sea­son pri­or­ity.

Dim­itroff says that hasn’t changed with the fran­chise tag.

Dim­itroff says he hopes Jar­rett will be “an in­te­gral part of our plan for many years to come and this al­lows us to ex­tend our ne­go­ti­at­ing win­dow.”

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