Former Clemson DT signs deal for $68 million

Secured the bag Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett agreed to a four-year contract with the team on Monday

Secured the bag Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett agreed to a four-year contract with the team on Monday

Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has signed a four-year extension with the Falcons, the team announced Monday.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, both Clowney and Jarrett are "unlikely" to reach an agreement before the deadline. After that point, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his club for the 2019 season, and the deal can not be extended until after the team's last regular-season game.

Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jarrett and the Falcons have agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract; it is not known as of this writing how much of that is guaranteed, which of course is the most important number in National Football League contracts.

According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, $42.5 million is guaranteed.

The 26-year old is now the third highest paid defensive tackle right behind Aaron Donald and Fletcher Cox.

If that is the case, the question then becomes whether either player will sign the tender and report for training camp, or holdout, as Le'Veon Bell did with the Steelers last season. It was Jarrett's fourth season in Atlanta after he was selected in the fifth round (No. 137) out of Clemson in 2015. Orlando Leadbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that negotiations between the sides were "cool" as of a couple of days ago but could "heat up" quickly.