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Tyson Jackson takes a big pay cut, too

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The upper reaches of the 2009 draft have produced more than a few disappointing performers.  And several of them have now taken less money in recognition of that fact.

On Saturday, reports emerged that Rams tackle Jason Smith, the second overall pick in 2009, has taken a $5.5 million pay cut in 2012.  That deal was done, per a league source, on Tuesday.

Five days earlier, the third pick in 2009 agreed to a similar restructuring.

PFT has confirmed that Chiefs defensive lineman Tyson Jackson on April 12 reduced his 2012 base salary from $8.005 million to $4.25 million.  The restructured deal was first reported by Brian McIntyre.

The good news for Tyson is that $4 million is now fully guaranteed; previously, only $2.505 million of Jackson’s base salary for 2012 was fully guaranteed.

In return, the 2014 season officially has been wiped off the books, resulting in the shifting of a $2.5 million option bonus proration into 2012.  (The sixth year already was going to go away, since it was voidable and Jackson had reached the trigger.)  Jackson’s cap number for the current year consequently has dropped only by $1.225 million, from $10.755 million to $9.5 million.

Unlike Smith’s deal, which shifted most of his salary to a roster bonus, Jackson continues to have a mammoth base salary due in 2013, giving the Chiefs extra time to decide whether to keep him.  The terms for 2013 are unchanged, with a base salary of $14.72 million, $3.22 million of which is guaranteed for injury and salary cap, but not for skill.

Come 2013, the Chiefs surely will be interested in reducing Jackson’s cap number of $17.47 million.  They can do it with an extension — or by cutting Jackson for skill reasons and clearing the full $14.72 million off the books.

And so, in exchange for giving up $3.755 million in base salary this year, Jackson picked up another $1.495 million in guaranteed pay.

Three of the top four players from the 2009 draft have now taken reduced pay under their rookie deals.  Last year, former Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry, the fourth pick in 2009, agreed to a reduced contract.

In April 2011, Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli said he’d once again take Jackson with the third pick in 2009.  He responded by appearing in 16 games with 14 starts in 2011.

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23 Responses to “Tyson Jackson takes a big pay cut, too”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 22, 2012 2:30 PM

    Scott Pioli tore an arm muscle for how far he reach for this guy.

  2. sledgehorn says: Apr 22, 2012 2:34 PM

    That picture looks like Madden to me…
    Tells you how great he has been.

  3. yelix says: Apr 22, 2012 2:37 PM

    The thing that both Jackson and fellow drafted-too-high teammate Glenn Dorsey have in common is that they both rate pretty well against the run, but they just don’t generate any meaningful pass rush. If you’re a defensive lineman drafted in the top five, you shouldn’t be a liability on third down.

    It’ll be interesting to see if Romeo can get anything out of Jackson in his contract year.

  4. brenenostler says: Apr 22, 2012 2:51 PM

    I still can’t believe they took him at #3. He was supposed to be a mid-to-late first round pick.

  5. lolb23 says: Apr 22, 2012 2:53 PM

    Everyone in the top 10 from the draft that year other than Stafford is a total bust.

  6. jluns275 says: Apr 22, 2012 2:53 PM

    Good. Had to be done.
    Hopefully Pioli doesn’t follow this up by over-reaching for another mediocre at best defensive linema like Dontari Poe.

  7. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 22, 2012 3:00 PM

    “Three of the top four players from the 2009 draft have now taken reduced pay under their rookie deals.”

    After the season he had last year, Sam Bradford should be up next.

    2009 was the worst draft crop in 10+ years

  8. 6ball says: Apr 22, 2012 3:06 PM

    .

    If Romeo, who has 5 rings as a D-line coach / DC, can’t get these guys to play at a high level, it can’t be done.

    .

  9. ninerfan1533 says: Apr 22, 2012 3:14 PM

    Both Jackson & Dorsey have been disappointing picks!

  10. duanethomas says: Apr 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    2009 was a terrible draft for Top Ten guys. Horrible.

  11. blacknole08 says: Apr 22, 2012 3:19 PM

    I’d say this is the make or break year for Jackson. Chiefs should really stop drafting lineman from LSU. I bet Michael Brockers looks appetizing to Pioli.

  12. jasonrjung says: Apr 22, 2012 3:27 PM

    Yelix hit the nail on the head. These guys are not churning out stats but they are showing up more and more on tape. Now, sportsmeccabi had a funny comment but the delivery was beyond horrible.

  13. 6thsense79 says: Apr 22, 2012 3:45 PM

    Oh my GOD!!!! First Jason Smith and now Tyson Jackson??? Why do these greedy NFL management teams feel they can force players to renegotiate contracts any time they want? Didn’t both management and player go into the contract with both eyes open?

    Next thing you know greedy players like Derrelle Revis will feel he can renegotiate his contract anytime he wa….. Oh yea wait….

    Ok enough with the sarcasm. When any player who feels he’s outplayed his contract threaten’s to use whatever leverage he has he’s called greedy amongst the nicer names……yet teams that feel a player has underperformed get to use their leverage to renegotiate the contract to terms more favorable to the organization or even cut the player without have to pay him the remainder of the contract. Worse yet is the player who has played out the life of his contract and outperformed the contract yet is forced by the restricted free agency to accepting a new one year contract worth well below his value or is forced by the Franchise tag to accept a deal below his value.

    The hypocrisy/ignorance of fans in general and supposedly knowledgable fans on PFT in particular on NFL contracts is enough to leave me “flabbergasted”.

    I’ve always held the belief that both parties in NFL contracts know what they’re getting into. They know the party with the most leverage can always renegotiate an NFL contract to a terms of their liking. Yet so many fans on here always react with outrage when one party (the player) does it and barely makes a peep when another party (management) does it. Can anyone tell me why?

  14. rcnphill says: Apr 22, 2012 3:45 PM

    I believe Jackson, if given the chance will prove his worth. No question every single position on that roster must step up.

    The fans, myself included, holds the Chiefs management and coached credibility on the line.

    I mean if we fan were the employers there would be a boat load of firing going on.

    I am not sold on Cassel. At some point Stanzi was drafted yet, never given a real chance. My take is let Ricky have some time under the starters and see if he is all that. Teams don’t really draft QBs for back ups.
    Regarding the draft, I am big on the Luke the inside linebacker, if not Poe.

  15. klutch14u says: Apr 22, 2012 3:48 PM

    blacknole08 says: Apr 22, 2012 3:19 PM

    I’d say this is the make or break year for Jackson. Chiefs should really stop drafting lineman from LSU. I bet Michael Brockers looks appetizing to Pioli.

    The Chiefs need to be barred from ever drafting another defensive lineman, EVER.

    I don’t know if they have had a hex put on them but they are incapable of drafting DL’man

  16. gerard33 says: Apr 22, 2012 4:36 PM

    Guess what people? Tyson Jackson was NOT a bad pick, he was the right pick and he is a cornerstone player for his team, I really don’t care where he was “supposed” to be drafted. Good job on the restructure too, that had to happen.

  17. ottawabrave91 says: Apr 22, 2012 5:06 PM

    he would be a much better player in the public’s opinion if he didnt play for a small market team….

  18. mmcdan133 says: Apr 22, 2012 5:30 PM

    Classic example of why draft position is overrated. We put way too much emphasis on the top 10 picks.

    Good players in picks 1-10: Matthew Stafford, BJ Raji.

    Good players in picks 11-32: Brian Orakpo, Brian Cushing, Jeremy Maclin, Josh Freeman, Brandon Pettigrew, Percy Harvin, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, Clay Matthews, Vontae Davis, Michael Oher.

    Remember that one the next time you’re rooting for your team to lose to get a better draft pick.

  19. runtheball says: Apr 22, 2012 5:54 PM

    mmcdan133 says:
    Apr 22, 2012 5:30 PM
    Classic example of why draft position is overrated. We put way too much emphasis on the top 10 picks.

    Good players in picks 1-10: Matthew Stafford, BJ Raji.

    Good players in picks 11-32: Brian Orakpo, Brian Cushing, Jeremy Maclin, Josh Freeman, Brandon Pettigrew, Percy Harvin, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, Clay Matthews, Vontae Davis, Michael Oher.

    Remember that one the next time you’re rooting for your team to lose to get a better draft pick.

    I’ll add to this the obsession with skill position players and fantasy stats. Remember all the idiots on this site who said Houston was stupid picking Mario Williams instead of Vince Young or Reggie Bush.

  20. randallflagg52 says: Apr 22, 2012 6:37 PM

    Eugene Monroe was a pretty good pick for Jax in the top 10 in 09. Just saying…

  21. kcflake says: Apr 22, 2012 10:49 PM

    gerard33 , I must disagree with you. Tyson jackson was a terrible pick at number 3. He is not that good of a player and probably never will be. Gilberry or someone else should have started in front of Jackson the last two years. Ge is a waste of space and an even bigger waste of valuable salary cap dollars. Hopefully Scott Pioli will start making better decisions.

  22. maximusprime107 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:48 AM

    The 2009 draft was pretty awful in the first round. So many busts

  23. elohim7ks says: Apr 24, 2012 9:46 AM

    The writing is on the wall. Jackson has a seat next to Cassel on the next flight out of K.C. next season. The Chiefs are not going to keep forking out that type of money to Jackson and Cassel for mediocre performance, that’s crazy! Jackson may become a better ball player in the 4-3, but he hasn’t shown it in K.C. in our 3-4. Theirs nothing wrong with Mr. Piolo bombing on this pick, they all do! making decisions about players in the draft is hard thing to do! but that’s why he gets the big bucks. At least he’s not trying to seat on Jackson or Cassel and save face, Mr. Piolo realizes this is a business that comes with production and the players know it also.

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