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Hammering out new deal for DT Grady Jarrett "our priority": Falcons

Devdiscourse News Desk United States
Updated: 04-01-2019 05:29 IST
 Hammering out new deal for DT Grady Jarrett "our priority": Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff says hammering out a new deal for defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is "our priority" this offseason. In the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Jarrett led Atlanta with eight tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hits in 14 games in 2018. He had 52 tackles and was second on the team with six sacks.

"We would like to have Grady back for many years to come," Dimitroff said Thursday. "Not only on the field but what he does off the field for us, he's very important. That has been our focus. "We put aside for a little bit through the season, of course, so he could focus on what he needed to focus on. Now, we're back focusing on that as really our priority to see how this proceeds, and I'm confident with it."

The Falcons expressed a similar sentiment before the season but were unable to reach a deal. Dimitroff said he hopes to sign Jarrett before free agency begins in March. A 2015 fifth-round pick from Clemson, Jarrett will be 26 at the start of next season. In 61 games (46 starts) for Atlanta, Jarrett has 14 sacks, 31 tackles for loss and 40 quarterback hits, including 10 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and 29 QB hits over the last two years.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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