Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson (94) Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: Tyson Jackson To Sign(ed) With The Atlanta Falcons (Updated)



Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider, is reporting via twitter, that former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson is visiting with the Atlanta Falcons.


This is now been updated by Schefter that Jackson has already signed with the Falcons.




If Tyson Jackson had been a third round draft pick instead of the 3rd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, making appropriate money for such a pick, he would have been considered much differently as a for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jackson did agree to smaller salaries in 2012 and 2013 to stay with the team. In 2012, he was due to make $8 million but he agreed to $4.75 million. In 2013, he was scheduled to make $14.72 million, but he agreed to $4.2 million.

He has been wiling to take cuts to stay on the team, but now the Chiefs cannot even afford that.

Tyson Jackson has played in 74 games as a Kansas City Chief, 55 as a starter. He never offered much in the pass rush was he developed into a strong defender against the run. He also seemed to be going all out, hustling all over the field.

He worked hard for Kansas City but couldn’t live up to being the third pick overall. His production seems replaceable, and for a cheaper price.

In his 5-year career as a Chief, he recorded 137 tackles, the most in one season being 37 in 2011, and 9 sacks, 7 of which came in the last 2 seasons.

Tyson Jackson is just another mediocre overall player the Chiefs cannot afford to pay in 2014. Again, if he were drafted in the third round, most would have a completely different feeling as to his contributions to the Chiefs. He is a nice complimentary player, but the Kansas Chiefs need more from that defensive end spot.

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