Source: Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons agree to 3-year contract extension

The Atlanta Falcons and Grady Jarrett have agreed to a contract extension.

Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein is reported Tuesday morning via a NFL league source that Jarrett’s extension is a 3-year deal.

Klein reports the extension comes with an additional $1.5 million in incentives.

The Falcons drafted Jarrett, who grew up in Rockdale County, with the No. 137 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He quickly became a defensive star for his hometown teams.

One of the best games in his career happened during Super Bowl LI. Jarrett sacked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady three times, which tied a record for most sacks in a single Super Bowl.

The Falcons confirmed Jarrett’s new deal around noon on Tuesday.

Before the 2019 season, the Falcons placed a franchise tag on Jarrett.

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The move allows the Falcons to clear some extra money from their 2022 salary cap figures. It also gives them some security with Jarrett, who Falcons defensive coordinator Deen Pees said is someone young defensive linemen should try their best to emulate.

The Falcons believe Jarrett, Linebacker Deion Jones and cornerback A.J. Terrell are the building blocks for a defense that was one of the NFL’s worst in 2021.