Conyers native and Atlanta Falcons star defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is staying home.

After originally receiving a 1-year, $15.2 million franchise tag in early March, Jarrett and the Falcons agreed on a four-year extension Monday afternoon, meeting the 4 p.m. deadline in which a deal needed to be signed by.

Jarrett, a former Rockdale County High School standout, will sign a four-year deal worth $68 million to remain with the Falcons through the 2022 season, leaving him the option to sign a new contract at the age of 30.

His $17 million yearly average trails only interior defensive linemen Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams and Fletcher Cox of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“As we have said since the end of the season, getting a deal done with Grady has been a priority and we are pleased to have accomplished that today," General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said. "Grady is an integral part of our organization and we look forward to moving together for many years to come.”

A former fifth round pick out of Clemson in the 2015 NFL Draft, Jarrett has recorded 179 tackles in his career with the Falcons, 13 of which have been recorded for a loss. Jarrett has also recorded 13 career sacks, including three in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots.

In 2018, Jarrett appeared in 14 games for the Falcons, finishing with 52 tackles to pair with a career-high six sacks and three forced fumbles.

Being rewarded for his stellar play on the field for the Falcons, Jarrett has also made a name for himself off the field. Jarrett recently hosted his fourth annual youth football camp at Rockdale County, an event he said means a lot to him. 

“It’s so much fun to come back,” Jarrett said. “This is the fourth time doing it and it’s grown every year. It seems like we catch some rain every year, too, but thankfully Rockdale has a nice gym. A lot of kids got some work in and we added in a cheer camp this year. They were having a lot of fun with that, so I’m excited and glad, even though the elements weren’t in our favor.”

Jarrett was also the Falcons' nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, an achievement handed out to one player in the NFL every season.

Originally established in 1970, the award recognizes a player for his community service activities and someone that has a significant positive impact on their respective community.

“Being nominated for Man of the Year is an accomplishment,” Jarrett said. “Giving back and making an impact on people’s lives in a real way is very important to me.”

Community service projects Jarrett has stamped his name on includes his partnership with the Atlanta Police Department Foundation’s, At-Promise Center and the Police-Teen Mentoring Progam at the Thomasville Heights Boys & Girls Club geared towards anti-bullying.

Jarrett will be on hand for the Falcons' 2019 Training Camp that will kick off on July 22, the first of eight practices open to the public at their Flowery Branch complex.  

Sports Editor

A 2017 graduate of the University of North Georgia, Colin joined the Rockdale/Newton Citizen in March of 2018 as the papers' full-time sports editor. A 2013 graduate of Jackson County High School, Colin received a golf scholarship to Andrew College.

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