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FLOWERY BRANCH Drew Lock Jersey , Ga. (AP) —Jarrett on Monday while saying they still hope to negotiate a long-term contract with the defensive tackle.The $15.209 million tag comes after Jarrett was a bright spot in the Falcons’ disappointing 2018 season. Jarrett had 52 tackles and set career highs with six sacks and three forced fumbles as the leader of Atlanta’s defensive front.Jarrett, 25, was seen as one of the top free agents at defensive tackle. General manager Thomas Dimitroff had no intention of allowing Jarrett to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13.“As we have said since the end of the season, getting a deal done with Grady is our priority,” Dimitroff said in a statement.“Applying the franchise tag to him does not change that in any way. Our aim is for Grady to be an integral part of our plan for many years to come and this allows us to extend our negotiating window.”The Falcons can negotiate with Jarrett until July 15.The non-exclusive tag means Jarrett can still be courted by other teams. If Jarrett signs an offer sheet from another team and the Falcons don’t match the offer, that team must give Atlanta two first-round draft picks.Jarrett, a fifth-round pick from Clemson in 2015, has started at least 14 games in three straight seasons. His sacks total has climbed each season. He has 14 through four seasons.The Falcons reached an agreement on a new two-year deal with backup quarterback Matt Schaub last week but may not have cap room to retain some other potential free agents, including running back Tevin Coleman.The Falcons have about $22 million to work with under the salary cap. Jarrett will claim a large portion of that space.“Grady is a very important part of our football team and it’s important that he’s back,” Dimitroff said last week at the NFL combine.Dimitroff has other offseason goals, including a new deal for wide receiver Julio Jones.“Still don’t have a timetable on that,” Dimitroff said last week, adding the team is “in a really good place with Julio.” ATLANTA (AP) — Rob Gronkowski rumbled down the field http://www.denverbroncosteamonline.com/dre_mont-jones-jersey , got past two defenders and hauled in the football to set up New England’s go-ahead touchdown.If this was the farewell performance for the Patriots tight end, he went out in playmaking style.Was it his biggest catch ever?“You tell me,” Gronkowski said after New England’s 13-3 Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. “It’s up there. I like making big catches like that.”That, of course, is what he has done his entire nine-year NFL career.The 29-year-old Gronkowski is a three-time Super Bowl champion who has been one of the most dominant players at his position.Ever.But his time is running out, and just when that happens has been a question all season. Back, knee, ankle and arm ailments have sapped him of his ability to stay on the field. And, when he did play this season, he looked mostly like a shell of his All-Pro self.“Tonight, it’s about celebrating with my teammates and that decision will be made a week or two down the future,” Gronkowski said. “Because tonight, that’s what it’s about T.J. Hockenson Jersey , is celebrating with my teammates. That’s what I’m worried about tonight.”Gronkowski was seen limping out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium after the game after injuring a quadriceps muscle on a hit in the third quarter.“Yeah, my quad, it hurts a lot,” he said. “I can barely walk right now.”He was plenty mobile when it mattered most, though. His two biggest catches came after the painful hit.Gronkowski finished with six catches for 87 yards, including two receptions on New England’s only touchdown drive. With the score tied at 3, Tom Brady found his tight end for an 18-yard gain on first down . Two plays later, the Patriots had second-and-3 from the Rams 31 when Brady saw Gronkowski get free down the left sideline.He launched the ball and Gronkowski reached out to catch the ball and put New England at the 2.“When it comes to crunch time,” Gronkowski said, “I always find a way.”For a few moments, it was just like old times.Brady to Gronk.“Incredible catch,” Brady said. “He’s an awesome teammate, friend Justice Hill Jersey , and I’m just so proud of everything that he’s done for our team. He just had an incredible game.”Added center David Andrews: “It was a hell of a catch. The best players show up at the best time.”On the next play, Sony Michel ran it up the middle for a touchdown that put the Patriots ahead for good.“Tom threw it to me and I had to make a play,” Gronkowski said. “I just come through where it needs to be that time. He knows to trust in me and throw that ball and I’m going to go grab it.”But, for how much longer?Gronkowski has danced around the question of retirement whenever the question has come up, but he’s due $9 million in base salary next season — a hefty amount for an aging player whose health will always be a concern.Even if he wants to keep playing, the Patriots could very well say goodbye to one of their best and most popular players in the next few months.And, if that’s the case, Gronkowski and the Patriots went out a winner. As they have so often done.“I’ll tell you this: It was the most satisfying year I’ve ever been a part of,” Gronkowski said. “How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now, it’s just surreal.”

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