According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, Tyson Jackson wants to stay in Kansas City after the 2012 season.
We told you over the weekend that Jackson and the Chiefs renegotiated Jackson’s contract. In short, the team has deleted the 2014 portion of Jackson’s deal while giving him more guaranteed money in 2012. Despite the fact that he is getting more guaranteed this season, Jackson has taken a bit of a pay cut in his base salary.
That all means that 2013 is now the last year of Jackson’s contract but in reality, 2012 is the true last year of his deal. The former LSU lineman is due over $14 million in base salary from the Chiefs in 2013 and his cap number will be over $17 million. While the Chiefs could certainly afford to pay Jackson that amount, there is almost no chance of that happening. Jackson will either be extended to a long-term deal after 2012 or he will be cut. Given his contract, a trade is highly unlikely.
According to La Canfora, however, Jackson would like to stay in Kansas City.
If Jackson continues to develop and produce, the Chiefs would be well positioned to do a long-term deal with him, and sources said the team is impressed with his character and maturity — as evident by his handling of this new contract — as well as his on-field growth. On Jackson’s end, he loves the scheme in Kansas City and wanted to stay.
This is good to hear. It is good to know that Jackson has a realistic view of his current value and on-field progress. That will make reaching a deal that makes sense for both sides much easier next offseason. Let’s hope Jackson continues to develop and that the two sides can get something done after the season.