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Tyson Jackson alters contract to stay with Chiefs

Brandon Siler, Tyson Jackson AP

When perusing a list of the most outlandish cap numbers around the league at the start of the offseason, it was hard not to focus on the $17.5 million figure held by Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson.

Jackson, the third overall pick in the 2009 draft, has struggled as a pass rusher (five sacks in 59 career games) and added little to a run defense that has regularly ranked near the bottom of the league in his four years in Kansas City. There aren’t a ton of defensive ends whose production makes it easy to swallow that cap number, to say nothing of a $14.72 million salary, and Jackson was not one of them.

So it’s no surprise that Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports that Jackson “redid” his contract in order to remain with the team. He was on the fast track to being released if he didn’t agree to cut those gargantuan numbers down and that’s just what he’s done. There are no specifics on the new figures, but there was such a large gap between his salary and his actual value that we’d expect a pretty significant alteration.

With Jackson remaining in the fold, the Chiefs will only have to concentrate on replacing one starting defensive end this offseason. Glenn Dorsey is a free agent and the fact that he shares a last name with the team’s new general manager isn’t expected to keep him in town.

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15 Responses to “Tyson Jackson alters contract to stay with Chiefs”
  1. yelix says: Mar 5, 2013 6:35 PM

    Jackson has done his job well over the past two years, and that is to fill space and let the linebackers do their thing. He was drafted way too high and paid way too much, but he’s not a bad player.

  2. doe22us says: Mar 5, 2013 6:39 PM

    Those two picks Jackson and Dorsey are why the chiefs are where they are among many other reasons. I once run into Dorsey with a group of kids in Dc fresh of LSU’s championship or whatever, this guy was walking around with an air of superiority. Needless to say his career was but.

  3. gerard33 says: Mar 5, 2013 7:06 PM

    Came on real strong last year, don’t care what the stats say. Really happy to have him back in KC, he is definitely a part of a winning defense.

    People who know football know this guy is a high quality player now. Bloggers who look at stats don’t.

  4. gooboy6 says: Mar 5, 2013 7:12 PM

    not his fault he was over-drafted. He plays hard, good run-stopper and he is a good guy, good team mate. glad we kept him

  5. chipwade says: Mar 5, 2013 7:29 PM

    Have any LSU defensive lineman really produced at the NFL level? Glenn Dorsey. Tyson Jackson, Marcus Spears, Booger McFarland???

    Don’t draft LSU D-Lineman in the first round.

  6. fuglyflorio says: Mar 5, 2013 7:52 PM

    Bust.

  7. Iknoweverything says: Mar 5, 2013 7:57 PM

    And the building of a dynasty team continues.

    Mr. Reid finally has a class organization, and classier fanbase to appreciate the multiple championships coming.

    Playoffs this coming season, and back to back to back Super Bowls after that.

  8. kuhawks2010 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:02 PM

    gerard33 says:
    Mar 5, 2013 7:06 PM
    Came on real strong last year, don’t care what the stats say. Really happy to have him back in KC, he is definitely a part of a winning defense.

    People who know football know this guy is a high quality player now. Bloggers who look at stats don’t.

    I go to every home game and watch every road game. He is not that good. He is terrible against the run! They need to address the DE position in the draft.

  9. novoodoo4409 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:02 PM

    i don’t know who is a bigger joke – lsu haters or the delusional chief fans….

  10. phloorioisanarcissist says: Mar 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    K.C. has filled most of the preconceived draft notion positions. Now that they have Alex Smith coming with Brandon Albert and Dwayne Bowe signed and restructuring Jacksons insane salary, I expect them to go after the best player period.

    People will still have them taking Joeckel, but I wouldn’t put money on it. They said they would draft a hall of famer, and there is certainly a guy by the name of Chance Warmack that could fit that status. I know a guard has never been drafted number one overall, but I can see the Chiefs going after the talent.

    It’s plausible they trade down to collect more picks, since losing their second in a ‘soon-to-be trade’ with the Niners, but the only guy in this draft I can say will be undeniably great is Warmack (not saying there won’t be a slew of talented players in this draft, but none are as sure a bet as Warmack at this point). Forget the combine, watch his game tape and you’ll see what I mean. Trading down to pick 4-10, pick up a draft pick in the third, and draft Warmack.

    There are so many talented left tackles in this draft, it seems a bit foolhardy to use the first overall pick on one, especially when that is not a position of need this year for K.C.

  11. reprocity says: Mar 5, 2013 10:49 PM

    He was pegged as a 3-4 end comming out of college so 5 sacks in 37 games isn’t exactly shocking news.

  12. gerard33 says: Mar 6, 2013 2:10 AM

    kuhawks2010,

    fair enough, if you have season tix that’s more than i can say, but i watch all the games carefully and i know this: the 3-4 is better with jackson.

    he takes on a lot of double teams and did you notice that 3 of the linebackers behind him made the pro bowl? he gets some credit for that in my book

  13. joetoronto says: Mar 6, 2013 5:01 AM

    The whole team is a bust, he fits right in.

  14. jjackwagon says: Mar 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    @ joetoronto

    Speaking of busts are you aware that the Raiders won three games last year against two teams that had a combined record of 4-28. And one of those was in overtime. Pot meet Kettle.

    SMH

  15. raiderapologist says: Mar 6, 2013 10:09 PM

    jjackwagon says: Mar 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    @ joetoronto

    Speaking of busts are you aware that the Raiders won three games last year against two teams that had a combined record of 4-28. And one of those was in overtime. Pot meet Kettle.
    SMH
    —————
    Raider fans understand they support a bad team. Are you aware that the Chiefs were so bad that they were swept by a 4-12 Raiders team? Are you aware that after kicking their first field goal in the second game Oakland realized they held an insurmountable lead, and played conservatively the rest of the way? Are you aware that the Raiders held the great Jamaal Charles to 14 yards on 14 carries in the season series, or that the Chiefs didn’t even earn a first down until late in the 3rd quarter in the second game? Are you aware that Tyson Jackson wanted nothing to do with free agency? Finally, are you aware that some Chiefs fans are talking playoffs in 2013? Shake My Head Like a Wet Dog.

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