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Falcons DT Grady Jarrett says he’s still ‘hungry’ even after signing big contract

Grady Jarrett, Falcons

In the final hours of the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term contracts with their teams, Grady Jarrett agreed to a four-year, $68 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

But even after getting paid, the defensive lineman is remaining locked in, telling 92.9 The Game that he is “always hungry.” He then added that he doesn’t feel the need to prove anything.

“I don’t have to prove that I’m worth it. My proof is in what I do week in and week out,” Jarrett said. “I’m thankful for the deal I got, but there’s no more pressure, no more expectation that anybody could have than the one that I have for myself.”

Jarrett also said that the process didn’t stress him out, saying that the deal “worked out for both sides” and that he “couldn’t think of a better way” to handle the offseason.

The 26-year-old is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played 14 games and registered 52 tackles, six sacks, and three forced fumbles.

Jarrett, who played his collegiate football at Clemson University, was originally selected by the Falcons in the fifth round (137th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He appeared in 15 contests in a reserve role during his rookie year, logging 25 tackles and a sack. Then, the following year, Jarrett became a full-time starter, participating in all 16 games and finishing with 48 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Conyers, Ga. native then continued his steady incline in 2017, playing in every game and totaling 55 tackles and four sacks.