Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson (94) celebrates after a tackle in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Tyson Jackson Signs With Atlanta Falcons

Yes, Atlanta is going to be Kansas City south. Ian Rapoport is tweeting the former No. 3 overall pick is going to sign with the Falcons.

We knew Jackson was on his way to Atlanta for what we thought was a visit. Turns out may be for a physical.

Kansas City now officially has an opening at the starting right defensive end. The Chiefs have lacked a quality pass rushing defensive end since trading Jared Allen away in 2008. It will be interesting to see how the Chiefs choose to attack the position for 2014: Are they going to look for a long-term solution or are they going to patch-work it?

One name to keep in mind is 2013 draft pick Mike Catapano. There is reason to believe he could be the Chiefs’ starting defensive end for 2014, especially after his solid performance as a reserve. Should Catapano be able to get his weight up to around 290 pounds then he could be the in-house solution for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs could also look to the draft to fill the spot. Many think this is a deep defensive line class so there are options available to the Chiefs in all rounds. This draft is going to be crazy interesting.

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  • Tristian

    Define overpay. See: Tyson Jackson 5 years $25 million I guess Pioli is determined to say he was right picking these former chiefs

    • Brian Dempsey

      You got that right. Pioli never learns. Meanwhile, Dorsey is going to stockpile a boatload of compensatory picks for the 2015 draft. I don’t care what anybody says — Dorsey is doing the right thing.

    • berttheclock

      Hey, Tristian, how do you like the new backup QB in Niners’ land, Blaine Gabbert? But, Bethea at safety is still a hard hitter.

      • Tristian

        Big fan of bethea even though hes coming off his worst season. Gabbert ive always felt has ability at least. Its not like Jacksonville is a great place to play for any QB. Chad Henne is decent and he only outplayed Gabbert by a bit not too much. I like him and the niners know something to trade for a young aB when kap isnt signed yet. Id love a Qb competition but I know thatd not happening

    • DieHard_ChiefsFan

      Ha to funny, i guess he can help Jon Asamoah clean up the candy wrappers in the hallways for Pioli. Yep, Pioli is back to his old ways. Well good for both of those guys, take him to the cleaners again !! Bummin we have a few O-Line holes to fill now. These guys were starting to gel at the end of the year. Well we need to trust Dorsey and Reid as they went quite a bit further than i expected this year. Looking forward to the diamonds Dorsey digs up this year !!

  • berttheclock

    Remember when KC was known as New England West? Now, Atlanta is morphing into KC South. Happy to see Pioli helping to ruin the sparrows.

    • micah stephenson

      Asomoah and Jackson are pretty solid players. Jackson is one of the lg’s best run stoppers and atl needs that. John A is a good guard too.

      • Brian Dempsey

        Both are run-of-the-mill at best and are easily replaceable.