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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Breaking down Tyson Jackson's contract

By Vaughn McClure

New Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Tyson Jackson didn't perform up to expectations after being the third overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft.

Now, the former Kansas City Chief has a chance to prove his worth all over again.

"I wouldn't use that as motivation,'' Jackson said of his experience with the Chiefs. "This is a new team. We're going to have our own goals with the Falcons. ... I played in Kansas City for five years. I had some great times out there. But I've left that in the past. It's time for me to move on. I'm looking forward to having a great career with the Falcons and win a bunch of games.''

The Falcons invested in Jackson with a five-year, $25 million contract that included an $8 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million guaranteed base salary for 2014. He'll count $3.1 million against the cap this year.