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.
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?