The team next used the franchise tag on cornerback Brent Grimes in 2012 for $10.28 million after they failed to reach a long-term deal. Grimes missed the season after he tore his Achilles in the season’s first game. He signed a free-agent contract with Miami the following year.
Last season, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was signed to a $15.2 million franchise tag — the average of the top five paid players at the position — after his rookie deal expired. The Falcons continued negotiations with Jarrett and reached a deal before the July signing deadline. Garrett's four-year deal is worth $68 million.