Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Chiefs get cap room and keep Jackson
By Bill Williamson
The new Kansas City regime continues do nice work.
A day after the Chiefs kept their three top free agents; they kept the serviceable Tyson Jackson at a much reduced rate.
The No. 3 pick of the 2009 draft was expected to be a prime candidate to be cut. His salary cap number was at more than $17 million and his base salary was at more than $14 million. Under this new deal, Jackson can make up to $5.2 million with a much more manageable salary-cap number. Jackson is still eligible to be a free agent in 2014.
The Chiefs needed the salary cap relief after signing receiver Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt to a significant contracts Monday. The team also gave left tackle Branden Albert the franchise tag at more than $9.7 million and it is adding quarterback Alex Smith.
So, the Chiefs have received major cap relief and they get to keep Jackson.
Jackson has never lived up to his draft status. He has improved and he is very solid against the run. The fact that the new Kansas City regime believes in him, should inspire Jackson.
The Chiefs will probably do more 4-3 looks on third down and Jackson can move inside, which could spark an already strong pass rush.
With Jackson taken care of, the Chiefs are still expected to cut quarterback Matt Cassel.
Meanwhile, longtime Kansas City personnel man Ray Farmer went to Cleveland to be the assistant general manager. He had been in talks with the Browns for some time. Expect the new Kansas City regime to add some personnel people at some point.