The Atlanta Falcons placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. The team has until July 15th to come up with a long-term contract or Jarrett will play on a one-year, $15.2 million tag.
Jason Butt, Falcons beat reporter for The Athletic, joined Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael on Wednesday and is concerned on a potential hold-out.
"If you're a guy on a franchise tag, and you only had one year of guaranteed money, it's always in your best interest--at least you can say--not to report," Jason said. "If you get hurt and all of the sudden you're out for the season, your ability to negotiate that long-term deal potentially decreases. That's essentially why you see these hold-outs a lot of times."
"Of course they want to get money, they want to get paid but there is a risk involved for the player."
Jason mentions Earl Thomas as a great example. He was looking for that long-term deal from the Seattle Seahawks, then got hurt and was out for the season.
"If you're Grady Jarrett and you're on the franchise tag, and you're not close to a long-term deal, and you don't want to sacrifice your body out at OTAs and risk injury, I could definitely see a situation where he holds out."