Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports that the Atlanta Falcons have already signed defensive tackle Grady Jarrett to a four-year contract. Jarrett becomes the first of the team’s seven-member 2015 draft class to sign his contract. Per Wilson, Jarrett’s deal is worth $2.527 million and includes a signing bonus of $247,582.
Jarrett’s deal likely includes minimum base salaries of: $435,000 (2015), $525,000 (2016), $615,000 (2017) and $705,000 (2018) to make up the difference besides the signing bonus. According to ESPN, the Falcons started with a pool of roughly $6.2 million to spend on their seven draft picks this year. With Jarrett under contract, the total now moves to roughly $5.7 million for their remaining players. Jarrett’s signing also should leave the team with just under $17 million in cap space.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) signed in 2011 essentially slots rookie contracts, making negotiations a piece of cake. Other Falcons draft picks should be signed in short order given the lack of negotiating room they have.
Jarrett was selected by the Falcons in the fifth-round of this past year’s draft. He was considered one of the biggest steals of the entire 2015 class due to many considering him a potential second-round talent. He is expected to compete for a role in the team’s rotation at defensive tackle.