Report: Tyson Jackson Restructures Contract, Staying With Chiefs *Update


Tyson Jackson is staying with the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2013.

At least, that is what Bill Williamson of ESPN.com is saying.

Jackson was going to be a cap ht of $17 million for the Chiefs this year after redoing his contract in 2012. It looks as though if Williamson’s report is correct, Jackson has done the same this season.

The Chiefs were almost sure to release Jackson without a restructuring. Now that the team is bringing back Dwayne Bowe, Branden Albert and Dustin Colquitt, there is no way the team could have been able to afford Jackson.

And frankly, Jackson isn’t worth that kind of money.

But “Tim Man” as we call him around here, certainly isn’t a terrible player. He managed to get to the QB a couple of times last season and was pretty good against the run in 2011.

This was a pretty smart move for Jackson. He hasn’t played well enough to get a big contract on the open market so the Chiefs likely are offering him a fair deal with the potential to earn more later.

We don’t know the details yet but it is possible the Chiefs split some of the money up and pushed Jackson’s contract through 2014.

Then again, it could just be a total restructuring on a one-year deal.

This is a big deal for the Chiefs because now they don’t have to fill both DE sports. It is believed that KC’s other starting DE, Glenn Dorsey, will be allowed to become a free agent.

Then again, I wouldn’t rule out this new regime finding a way to re-sign Dorsey as well.

Are you happy Tin Man is coming back?

UPDATE:

Per Williamson:

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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/AmericanWolfx Michael Tavis

    I am very happy Tin Man is coming back. That leaves us with 3 big needs on the defense. CB, ILB, and a replacement for Dorsey unless they think Pitoitua can fill in there. This new regime is doing work this offseason and its looking like this is gonna be the best offseason in a long time in my opinion. Good vibes all around.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Dorsey also said in an interview he thinks we can play in free agency. Should be fun.

  • Don417

    Stop calling him Tin Man. It’s childish and lame. Grow up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/AmericanWolfx Michael Tavis

      I suppose you didnt like Sand Cassel either? or Perv?

      • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

        I hope we bring Perv back.

        • KCMikeG

          I think he has had his run. I liked his attitude too but he was so slow and ineffective as the year progressed. Unless he drops some pounds and gets really serious about training this offseason then I would pass on him with Pitoitua and Bailey and a FA/draft development player.

        • chiefridgy

          Me too.

    • Spencer

      from your name u seem to be the same Don417 as seen on the KcChiefs website fan forums….iv’e also seen you to taking the liking as resorting to sexual jokes or “insults” to “back” your arguments….I believe we have a 1st class hypocrite right here, you sir need to do some growing up yourself

      anyway good move by the chiefs and “tin man” as Patrick likes to say…I h8ed the Alex Smith move due to the overall expensive route that it took to get him and had 0 faith in Dorsey…(he hadn’t deserved any as of then) Now i have lets say “10%” faith in him lol, The keeping of our own talented players is a good move no matter what, and it has made me a happy guy, a good restructured deal, looks like Jackson’s cap hit was cut down by 2 thirds. Hoping for Dorsey to get Sean Smith of Miami or another one of the very talented CB FA class and continue to widen the possibilities at the 1st overall pick ^^

      • Michael Shaw

        NO on Sean Smith. I am convinced Milliner is 100% better than him! The only FA I would take over drafting Milliner is Namdi Asamoah or a HUGE trade for Revis island.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I’ve considered your comment and I have made the decision to keep calling him Tin Man. Or sometimes Man of Tin. Even if he gets 20 sacks this year, he’ll always be Tin man.

      • KCMikeG

        No one has said it but Tyson Jackson is a class act and team player. He has for two years in a row, with improving play, restructured his contract to accept a lower, more fair price, without even testing the market or dragging us through the drama. His sacrifice & commitment to remaining a Chief has inspired my loyalty and continued support. I hope he has a huge year and we write him a big check for a long term deal next year. His 3 sacks all came late in the year when he was given the opportunity to play on 3rd downs more. I often wondered how was he ever going to get better at pass rushing if he wasn’t pass rushing? Proud to be a Chief fan – Thanks “Tin Man” Tyson! Bring the metal in 2013!

        • Ron White

          Well said brother…..

        • Michael Shaw

          Very nice Mr. Gooding, Very Nice!!!

    • Danny W

      Hey don’t judge his names are not as ambiguous as yours. Don, Donnie, Donald, Duck, D, Donno, Don417.

    • Michael Shaw

      Dumbass, Tin Man has become a moniker of affection for a guy who was supposed to come in and light up the NFL by being dominant and quite frankly didn’t. You don’t pick a guy that plays his position unless you think he can be as dominant as Suh was supposed to be!! He HAS become one of the most solid DE’s in a 3-4 scheme. He doesn’t get a lot of sacks, but he also hasn’t played on a lot of 3rd downs. There is a chance that our new DC is planning on changing that. Plus, the whole idea of the tin man is that he is looking for something he has ALWAYS had………………heart!!! (YES that was a Wizard of Oz reference and YES I am proudly from the state of Kansas, originally.) Don’t think of Tin Man as a bad nickname, although I am pretty sure that was the original meaning of the moniker. Think of it as us fans acknowledging the fact that Tyson has finally shown his heart and WE, as Chiefs fans, LOVE him for it!!!!! No other team has a player that has shown this much heart by re-negotiating for LESS money to stay with the team and to help with the cap numbers, not just once, but TWICE in two years!!!!!!!!

  • Matt Finucane

    I wouldve been interested to see if Tin Man could get a starting job elsewhere. MILDLY interested.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Be glad we have Dorsey now instead of Pioli. Scotty would have extended Tin Man through 2024.

      • Danny W

        With no restructure would have payed him the 17.

  • njjohn

    Yet another solid move by the new brass. Jackson wasn’t in much of a negotiating position, but he is not nearly as bad as some fans make him out to be. He’s very effective in the 3-4, not a glamor spot. Dorsey is more of an issue.
    Agree with M. Travis…CB, ILB and it’s a damn shame that Star out of Utah has the health problems because once they traded for Smith and tagged Albert I thought he would be a slam dunk first pick.

    • Da Menace

      I hear ya on the first pick, I thought Star would fit nicely. What are your thoughts on later rounds??

    • Michael Shaw

      I think he might still be in the running, as much as I want Milliner, Star would help us out IMMENSELY!!!!

  • Da Menace

    I myself may be one of the few, but am happy he decided to be a team player and restructure. He is actually pretty good at stopping the run, by no means flashy but efficient..for the most part. Things are shaping up nicely these last couple days. I would like to see a trade for Revis for our number one, and with the third rounder grab Rex Burkhead out of Nebraska. this kid is a class act that can do it all, trust me. He can pound down defenses and catch the ball as good as any. He would be a great compliment for Charles.(yes he can block too, just ask Martinez)

    • http://www.facebook.com/tyler.eckstein.31 Tyler Eckstein

      Doesn’t hurt to dream I guess but there’s no way we could afford Revis.. Better off drafting a CB in draft, deep draft at that position and your paying about 7 mil less.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Heck maybe Tin Man will flourish under Sutton. If Alex Smith can play so well under Harbaugh why can’t another defensive coach maximize the talents of a man made of tin?

  • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

    First his name is Tyson Jackson not tin man, how would you like it if people called you jack ass. Secondly I’m very happy he’s coming back and hope they extended him for 3-4 years on the restructure.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Come on Leon. Lighten up. We like to have fun and throw around some nicknames around here. Harm Edwards, Shabby Sabby Piscitelli, Tin Man, Perv, Quick Draw…it’s an Arrowhead Addict tradition.

      • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

        So then if we do draft the guy we will start calling him Queeno Smith, since its tradition.

        • dominicscarlatti

          Ditz Cracker…

        • sidibeke

          If he sucks…maybe. But don’t like bigotry in the name. Not too many real tin men out there to be offended.

  • vbchief

    Seems Tin man started to come around a little towards the end of last season, grabbing a few sacks. will be interesting to see if he can continue that type of production in the upcoming season.

    Also , this is turning out to be one heck of a job so far by the new f.o. But we

    all know that they dont hand out the lombardi in march.

    Go Chiefs!

  • Ron White

    Good to hear…..Want to see what Tyson can do in an attacking style 3-4 in 2013. He was great at eating blockers thus the 3 Linebackers making the Pro-Bowl. With out Tyson and Glen the Linebackers would not be getting the accolades.

  • ladner morse

    I was not originally a fan of the Alex Smith signing but I can begin to see the overall design that Dorsey and Reid have for the roster and this restructuring comes across as a brilliant move to me.

    While Jackson has been a major disappointment in the QB pressure department he has been one of the better DEs in the league against the run. If the Chiefs had let him go they’d be facing not only replacing a DE but replacing a DE who could stop the run. Locating a DE who is a third down rush specialist may not be at all as hard to find but, more importantly — the Chiefs now go into free agency and the draft — needing less.

    From the outside looking in — the rest of the league will now NOT be viewing the Chiefs as desperate and that’s important. If the Chiefs have to act from a point of being desperate, it changes the way other teams leverage a deal with them. Now, the Chiefs are the team who can act with confidence even though Jackson may not be the best DE in the world he can clearly fill an important roll in the Chiefs defensive scheme.

    Congratulations to Dorsey and Reid on another solid move.

    I’m also excited to see what TJack can do when given the opportunity in 3rd down situations.

    • Jarad

      I agree. There are already big needs at the 2nd CB, ILB and DE. If the Chiefs can fill at least 1 of those positions with a solid free agent, they are in good shape come April 25th

      • KCMikeG

        What if they fill more than one? Who will be left to draft??

        • berttheclock

          Check out the possible rising star of the explosive DE, Tank Carradine, out of Florida State. If his ACL is healed and he performs very well in April workouts, he will be a must for many.

          • KCMikeG

            Carradine is coming off an ACL in November, played in a 4-3 and is 20-30 #’s too light. I am seeing Sharrif Floyd being more of a fit for us and he is now being mocked to us or in the top 5 picks with Star’s heart issue dropping him out of the top 10 potentially.

          • dominicscarlatti

            I don’t think Tank is a 3-4 DE, but if we wanted another pass-rusher to rotate with Hali and Houston, wouldn’t we just go ahead and draft Jarvis Jones or Dion Jordan?

        • Jarad

          You can never have too many offensive weapons. Chiefs could really use a TE too. Not a ton of holes to fill, but theres plenty of positions that could be upgraded

          • KCMikeG

            Agreed Jared. The TE position has increased in value as the passing game has evolved. Most teams are looking for 2 starting caliber TE’s. We have one in Moeaki – who I am prognosticating to have a HUGE year now he is 100% healthy and having a QB that can get him the ball. It is a critical part of Reid’s offensive system.

            “The relationship between a QB and TE is very important because of the route concepts,” Detmer said. “The tight end is a big part of it because if he’s not the primary receiver, he’s almost always the secondary receiver. That becomes a real big deal to a West Coast offense with the TE.” Great article from the TE’s that have played for him.

            http://www.profootballweekly.com/2013/01/29/signs-point-to-te-involvement-success-in-chiefs-of

            So how about Eifert with our #1? I like Escobar in the 3rd but he is climbing and may become a 2nd rounder. Check out Dion Sims from Michigan State. Available in the 4th round. Beast blocker who just dropped 23 #’s to work on his speed was #4 with a 35″ vertical and #3 with 22 reps of 225#. Great blocker with athleticism and great hands. I can give up a little speed here for a guy that creates matchup problems downfield.

      • berttheclock

        2nd receiver who can get open and catch passes is a priority. Baldwin should not even be in the NFL.

        • Jarad

          Getting another reliable wr would be nice. And personally, im hoping to see Wylie involved a lot more. Whether it be as a wr or pr/kr

        • Danny W

          I’m willing to bet you something he end’s up doing awful well in Reid’s system.

    • Danny W

      I think the Rams may call for our number one overall, I mean they need a left tackle in the worst way. They have a 16 and 22. I’d say trade us the 16 and we will give you Albert, or give us the 16 and your second and we give you our number one. Seems like a dream scenario but it could it happen.

      • berttheclock

        One thing in favor of such a move by the Rams is the new GM who was involved with the Falcons move up for Julio Jones.

      • Spencer

        when is a 16th overall and second round pick worth the 1st overall???

        • Michael Shaw

          I wasn’t talking about their 1st and 2nd. I want both of their 1sts.

        • Danny W

          We’re talking about their 16 and 22 they’re both first round picks. Although I would draft Joeckel number one if they didn’t want it and give them Albert for number 16.

      • Michael Shaw

        Danny, I really LOVE this idea. I personally want us to draft Dee Milliner with our #1, but if we can get BOTH of St. Louis’s first round picks, then I say pull the effing trigger as fast and hard as you can!!!! We might still be able to get everyone’s dream pick of Geno Smith, which I think WILL still be there at 16 and the we could also get ogletree, eifert, a CB or an MLB if ogletree is gone by the 22nd pick. The bottom line is that we could get our future starting QB even if it isn’t Geno and another starter, so this would be the ideal situation for us trading down in my fan-biased opinion!!!!!

        • Danny W

          Right I think Tyler Wilson could be down there Matt Barkley, I don’t think Geno will be but anything is possible. It more than makes up for not having that second pick.

      • ladner morse

        Danny, I heard an interesting trade scenario recently. The Chiefs trade the 1st pick to Philly for the 4th Pick + QB Nick Foles… then they trade the 4th pick to St. Louis for the 16th and 22nd picks. The Jimmy Johnson draft value chart (http://www.draftcountdown.com/features/Value-Chart.php) appears to support the math here so, the Chiefs could come away with Nick Foles and two first round picks.

        First, it requires Philly falling in love with a LT who they believe they can’t get at #4. And, it requires the Rams to fall in love with a pick near the top of the board who they think will be “the” difference maker at that position.

        It may sound far fetched at first but… can you imagine the Chiefs coming away with QB Foles, DL Sheldon Richardson and WR Tavon Austin? Or maybe Foles, FS Kenny Vaccaro and OT D.J. Fluker. Or perhaps Foles, CB Desmond Trufant and TE Tyler Eifert.

        If the Chiefs came away with three players for the first pick… I’d pee my pantalones.

        • sidibeke

          You would not be the only one, senor.

        • oldchiefsfan

          Not only would I pee my pantalones but I’d smile and wave while I did it!

        • Danny W

          I like that scenario but I really want them to grab another quarterback pretty high. We need legit competition at KC.

      • sidibeke

        You know what actually occurred to me the other day was that maybe KC had already agreed to trade the #1 pick before trading for AS. Maybe not, but so far the brass is proving to be much smarter that I first gave them credit for.

        • Danny W

          They seem to be proactive instead of reactive for sure. I’d say with the last regime Albert would have walked and Bowe would have possibly as well.

    • KCMikeG

      He actually had THREE sacks last year – one more than his entire NFL career. ALL 3 came from the 11/18 Bengals game to the end of the year when he was being allowed to play some more 3rd downs. Poe was getting better and so was TJax. With the right FA (Canty or Avril?) or draft pick (Floyd or Lotuleili?) on the DL and the depth we have in Bailey, Pitoitua & Powe I say job well done.

      I was right there with you on AS Ladner. But what if Dorsey/Reid are really brilliant and have a master plan to still draft QB #1. Geno is the only QB worthy of a #1. Who knows with the way they are being so fantastically aggressive in FA maybe they will take Geno with our #1? Think about it. If they sign Canty or Avril with the resigning of Jackson then DL is off the list. We have already signed our starting WR & LT. Even if Geno is a “reach” at #1 certainly not any more of one than a G (Wormack) or a back up OT (Joeckel/Fisher) or a SS (Vaccaro – although I am really liking this guy the more I research him). Can you image how happy Chief’s Kingdom would be if they did take Geno? Smith & Smith – Stanzi & Tanney. Wow! Some real depth at the most important position on the team. Let the competition begin!

      • ArrowFan

        I wouldn’t mind seeing a Powe, Poe, TJ starting line. We may not need a FA DE at least not a big named one?

    • toperspective

      It’s a passing league now…it would be nice to have a DE that can pressure the QB.

  • Chief Hokie

    Hell yea the good news just keeps on coming!

  • chiefridgy

    Way to go Tin Man!

  • Danny W

    Well a pay cut was a given. I think he knew that.

  • berttheclock

    Fine move by all concerned. Should Dorsey depart, I wonder if there could be a way to draft Tank Carradine, the DE from FSU. Much depends upon his workouts in April. A good one and he will move rapidly up the charts. Off course, there would be that Chiefs’ curse of bringing on players with the name Tank. Some have performed more closely to an old Renault AMC-35 (1939 French battle tank) than a Panzer. Of course, I still dream of having an Abrams on either side of our trench warfare lines.

  • Outback Chief

    T-Jack is serviceable but not great, but putting two new guys in there or two rookies replacing Dorsey and T-Jack would be scary so I’m glad they have one of them back for a year. I would rather have had Dorsey though.

  • Arrowhead Magic

    I’m glad to see him sticking around. I think he’ll be good in this new attacking 3-4. Out of curiosity why is he called tin man?

    • toperspective

      I believe it is because he is stiff and slow. I always hated that pick. He didn’t even look good to me in the pre-draft highlights. Oh well.

      • sidibeke

        I think you’re right, but I always thought of the Wizard of Oz and him playing without heart.

        • toperspective

          I was just guessing. I like your guess better. Or it could be a combo of the two.

    • berttheclock

      Look for more useage of 4-3 schemes, as well. Jackson came on much better, last year, when, he was kept in on 3rd downs and allowed to attack the QB.

  • berttheclock

    Anyone know the percentage of NFL players who sign huge contracts and ever receive the entire amount? Many splashy headlines of mega buck contracts, but, so many end up being renegotiated or even being stopped. Reggie McKenzie, the GM of the Raiders has spent the past two years slicing and dicing the large contracts signed off on by Al Davis. He is still cutting them. Brandon Carr left the Chiefs for far more money with Dallas, but, has just had to agree to a cut. That is why getting the most guaranteed up front is essential, then find a honest money manager. Of course I have a spare mattress under which they could hide their lucre.

  • toperspective

    Hard to get too excited about Jackson re-signing but I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to Dorsey. I just hope they didn’t pay him a lot as I’d like to see them have salary cap available to pick up some missing pieces.

    • Michael Shaw

      Dude, he took a pay cut from $17 mil to 5.2 mil……………..

      • toperspective

        Didn’t state that in the article. Not really important that he took a cut from 17M because no one was going to pay him anything close to that amount. It wasn’t like he was doing the Chiefs any favors.

  • Jim Harper

    I was sold on the Reid/Dorsey hire from the beginning. It is starting to look like Clark Hunt made the move of his life. Every move has been solid, but what I am really impressed with is the speed with which they are moving. They obviously worked very hard at putting their plan together and then wasted no time in executing it. I really can’t wait to see what the next move will be. They are full of surprises! I have loved each move so far, and it is sooooo nice to have a HC & GM working together with a vision. Go Chiefs!!!!!

    • sidibeke

      Agreed. Now they know how much cap space they have for FAs, needs in the draft, etc. No messing around. Love it!

  • Jason Seibel

    I am stoked about the Tin Man’s return!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.hershberger Kyle Hershberger

    TJax was a good productive player last year, was well worth keeping, just not at the 14 million even he though that and we dont really have anyone else on the team. new area in KC are making good moves but hey we all said that with Pioli

    • Andy

      Not all of us.

  • Da Menace

    I’m glad that most of us agree that it was a steep price for us to pay for Smith but realize it makes us better especially w the recent moves the brass has made, it’s time to put the donkeys in their place along w the faders n bolts we were a franchise that had a leader in making FB what it is today lets take the power back!!

  • sidibeke

    This is great. Perfect. We can dump Dorsey and have even more flexibility with the #1 pick. Be nice to sign Canty, too.

    I’m soooooo happy Pioli is gone. None of the cloak and dagger crap; just gettin’ down to business.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    EXCELLENT.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Can’t wait for free agency to start next week.

  • Barrie Neal Parkes Jr.

    i think we definitly need to find someway to get margus hunt in the second round. now i have a feeling he is going to be special if they can trade down in the first aquire 2 second round picks 1 this year and 1 next year i will feel alot better about alex smith. not saying i dont like alex smith i think he will be good on this team, im just saying u know the 49ers werent going to keep him no matter what they said. i just dont think they were going to take that much of a salary cap hit for sitting on the bench. Eastern block in the 2nd

  • Andy

    I remember a while back Albert was saying how he sat down with Ried to talk. That hit me because, remember Walters wasn’t given the time of day. Remember the any 52 players comment. You know we have new leadership when a lot of the moves that have been are what “I” would have done. Great to have some common sense running the team now. I would not have paid more than a thrid for Smith. But other than that, I have pulled my Chiefs jersey form the moth balls.

  • berttheclock

    Love the way the former NFL player for the Packers, turned management, Mr Dorsey thinks about conducting business. He said he started working with Reid about keeping corps players and rewarding them. He went on to say that was Phase I, and, he will, now, turn his attention to working on the cap before next week, then look at selective FAs, then, the draft. I like the word selective. GB never took many players in FAcy and Reid was part of taking too many.
    Huge change between the old regime taking over a 2-14 team and bad mouthing it and this breath of fresh air regime taking over a 2-14 team, praising key players and moving forward. Dorsey learned a great deal playing line backer and special team specialist in the NFL and it shows in the way he treats his players. Imagine real adults working at the top. I, also, noticed one of Pioli’s assistants, Ray Farmer, has left to become the new Asst GM for the Browns. He was hamstrung under Pioli, so, good luck in Cleveland working under Lombardi.

    • KCPauly

      Always love your comments and insight Bert, very well said…keep em’ coming
      GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • ArrowFan

    I think that gven a sceme he can become a three down player. However even if he is never anything more than a run stuffer I’m still glad to have him. I just wish he wouldn’t have been drafted so high and cost s as much as he has the last few years.
    I remember a time in the not so distancetat past when our O was unstoppable but our D couldn’t hold water and we all would have given our first born for someone on the DL that could stuff the run.
    I say more and more evidence is pointing twards us picking a QB high in the draft. There are still some more FA sighning that need to take place for this to become a reality however there are a lot fewer sighning needed today than there was a week ago. Geno Geno Geno Geno Geno

  • berttheclock

    In Baum’s “Wizard of Oz”, the Tin Man was the one looking for a heart which implied love and having emphathy of working with others to make them better as a team. The cowardly Lion was domineering and impatient, such as Haley on the field (Off the field he was a decent guy who one could sit down with and share a beer as Kent Babb has described him. The Scarecrow was only concerned with having a brain and was distant and cold, such as Pioli.
    Jackson was picked far too early and over paid, but, he has proven to be a team player and allowing his salary to be cut only demonstrates that more. He will be excellent in the new schemes Sutton will bring to the team.

  • John Woodley

    Great deal, Ididnt see him take that much less, dorsey getting it done