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Tyson Jackson Could Be Staying In Kansas City

Kansas City DE Tyson Jackson may not have played his last snap for the Chiefs.

Many believe that Jackson, who is under contract for the 2013 season, will be cut soon.

Why you ask?

Jackson’s cap hit for the 2013 season is $17.47 million. There is no way the Chiefs are going to pay Jackson that much money for one year, especially considering his play can be described, at best, as average. Without restructuring his deal, Jackson will almost certainly be cut.

While we haven’t heard much about Jackson’s contract status this offseason, some recent quotes by GM John Dorsey make it sound as thought he may be interested in keeping the former LSU Tiger in KC.

From CBS Sports:

Despite Jackson’s relative lack of production, Dorsey is enamored with the 296-pound lineman’s strength in defending the run. It was evident to Dorsey when he visited with Jackson last week.

“He walked in and talked to me the other day and he’s as square as the door frame,” Dorsey said. “He’s just a very big guy, he’s very strong at the point (of attack).”

The Chiefs will remain in a 3-4 alignment under new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, but will likely employ more aggressive blitz packages similar to the scheme Sutton ran with the Jets. In third-down situations, Sutton could switch to a 4-3 on occasion to give Jackson more opportunities to rush the passer.

“I can’t wait to see what the coaches are doing to kick him in on third down to see if he can push the pocket,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey sure doesn’t sound like a man who is getting ready to cut Tyson Jackson.

Still, there is no telling what is going on behind the scenes. Just a couple of weeks ago, head coach Andy Reid was talking about Steve Breaston in a way that made it sound like the WR would be a useful part of the Chiefs’ offensive attack in 2013 and we all know how that turned out.

I don’t know. The Chiefs spent a high draft pick on Tyson Jackson and it would be nice to see that investment pay off. Perhaps Jackson, or “Tin Man” as we refer to him around these parts, will be a better fit for new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s defense than he was under former head coach and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

What do you think, Addicts? Will the “Man of Tin” return?

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  • Jarad

    With Sutton implementing an aggressive blitzing 3-4, I’d think outside of the QB position, Milliner would improve the Chiefs the most. That 2nd corner is a pretty big need!

    • Danny W

      Check out free agency for corners brother, there are plenty of them. I don’t think Milner is worth a number one overall pick do you?

      • Scott Heizman

        Just think, if Clark Hunt wasn’t such a tightwad and interested in nothing but making as much money as possible before the new salary rules kicked in, we could’ve had a top corner. One by the name of Brandon Carr. The Cowboys are thrilled to have him. But CH didn’t want to have to pay him a big signing bonus so Pioli signs the single worst starting CB in the NFL at a $1 million dollar a year salary savings (not counting signing bonus). THAT, (along with tons of other penny pinching and moronic decisions that have occured since CH took over the team) is why the Chiefs have become a laughingstock of the NFL. Thank god for the players strike last year of we’d be stuck in perpetual Bengalhood–another team with a 2nd generation owner interested in nothing but making money.

        • berttheclock

          Penny pinching? Then, would you please explain why Denver has more cap money than the Chiefs? Plus, explain how being so far over the cap helped the Raiders, who are still, frantically, trying to cut their salary to get under the cap or to have additional money to spend on FAcy. In addition, it was a lock out, not a strike.

          • KCMikeG

            Thanks Bert for being the voice of reason.

        • steve james

          How long you been reading the site? Clark a tightwad? Really?

      • Jarad

        I didnt say #1 overall. Hes easily a top 10 talent and wouldn’t be much more of a reach than a QB this year. But who knows if the Chiefs could even trade back. And there are many FA’s this year that could fill holes on the Chiefs roster, but Dorsey seems to be reluctant to spend big money in free agency. Just a thought. What other top 10 guys could make the Chiefs better?

        • Danny W

          I want Geno Smith because I’ve personally never seen the Chiefs draft a guy in the first round. I was born in 82. I’m sure plenty of those guys could come in, start and do extremely well, except Star in my opinion. I just don’t think anyone except a quarterback could come in and shoulder a team to the dance is all. Milner is going to be a very solid pick. The way Reid loves his corners I wouldn’t doubt it one bit if he didn’t go with Milner. My personal bet is Joeckel though.

          • Jarad

            I gotcha. Im in the same boat, born in 82 and i live in Dallas Cowboys country. Talk about a beating!!! After this Alex Smith trade, im really hoping we can somehow trade back and get a 2nd or extra 3rd. They just paid a STEEP price

          • Danny W

            Steep is the word that comes to mind. I agree trading back is the best case scenario now.

      • KCMikeG

        I thought the same thing Danny with Grimes, Woodson and DRC to name a few. But then I started thinking about how many corners have played as well or better after leaving the team the succeeded with for a bigger pay day. I remember so much pain. From Surtain & Law here in KC to way back in 1996 and Larry Brown & in 2008 DeAngelo Hall in Chokeland to 2013 and Nnamdi who the Eagles are done with after only two years. Don’t forget 1999 with Dale Carter in donkeyland and even the great Deon Sanders in 2000 with the Skins. I know rookie CB’s can bust too but the upside and cost makes it a much smarter risk IMO.

        • Danny W

          Reid loves him some cornerbacks this is a fact. My concern with Milner is by enlarge he only played in a zone scheme never man to man. He did run that 4.3 and you can’t teach that kind of speed. I’m hoping for a small trade back to grab Geno, if no trade I am pretty sure they are going to draft Joeckel, my third option pick would be Milner he does cover a pretty large need in my opinion, but would rather us grab a guy in free agency.

          • mnelson52

            Now the the deal is done for Alex Smith, I think we will go for Fisher with the 1st pick since he looked better than Joeckel at the combine. With the Smith trade, we don’t have a 2nd pick. I think that and a 2014 pick is too high a price for Smith. I hope I’m wrong

          • Danny W

            Hopefully they can trade back and still get a pick in the second. I hope we’re both wrong because that’s a high cost for him for sure.

          • KCMikeG

            So I guess we are just done with Albert then???

          • Danny W

            Looks that way to me. I’d love to see him stay but my guess is he’s gone.

  • Priest4Prez

    I haven’t been too down on Tin Man or Dorsey, although I haven’t seen them put into a scheme where we attacked continiously. It’ll be very interesting to see if they have what it takes to not only stuff the run but possibly pressure. Drop his pay a bit for sure but give him his last shot

    • KCMikeG

      His play improved when he was allowed to play on passing downs. He is already one of the top run stuffers but he is going to have to take a serious pay cut to stay in KC.

      • Jim Harper

        Agreed and I think he will be open to a pay cut to avoid being cut. I am sure he knows that nobody is going to pay him 17mil. They will redo him and again gain cap money. win win

    • Scott Heizman

      Dorsey is too small to play DE in a 3-4 system. Jackson is a much better fit, although he will need to sign a much more palatable deal. Heck, he should pay the Chiefs after how much money he has stolen over the past 4 years.

  • Danny W

    He has to renegotiate or he won’t be back. There is no way the Chiefs are going to pay a block eating run stuffer Peyton manning type bread. I’d like to see him stick around because he does seem to be improving, but not at 17 million.

  • Steve Osborn

    I always assumed the goal of setting his contract this way was to assure he would either renegotiate or be cut before next season. I would like to see him back. What is the going rate for space eating, run stuffing D-lineman? Anybody have an idea what is realistic?

  • berttheclock

    Dorsey and Sutton spoke of KC using hybrids, next year, such as more 4-3s along with the basic 3-4. Look for just released Cullen Jenkins to visit KC. He did play the 3-4 for the Packers before joining the Eagles.

  • Leon Ritz

    As probably the only Jackson fan in the history of him and the Chiefs I hope they renegotiate his deal and he is back

  • Stacy D. Smith

    For a more reasonable number, I’d like to see him stay.

  • Kyle Mangione

    Jackson is a beast

  • KCMikeG

    I don’t think we have seen the best of him yet. Remember that he played in a 4-3 and we drafted him into a 3-4 in 2009 plus he has had 3 DC’s in four years and missed 4 games his 2nd season in 2010 and one last year with injuries. IF he is healthy, and he just passed his physical, then I like keeping him – at a reasonable cost. His play got noticeably better as the year came to a close with him playing more 3rd downs. Lord help us all – Big Matt fresh out of prison and the Tin Man staying in KC.

  • chiefridgy

    I hope he stays.

  • ArrowFan

    If not for the inflated contract he has had I would love him. A wise man once said, what do you get when you polish a turd?

    I would like to keep him but he will need to be around 3 mill a year. We could give him some monetary incentives for sacks and QB pressures though.