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Tyson Jackson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 296
College: LSU
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Falcons agreed to terms with DE Tyson Jackson, formerly of the Chiefs, on a five-year, $25 million contract.
It's a massive commitment for a former first-round bust, but Jackson is coming off a career year. The Falcons are going on a spending spree as they follow through on their word to toughen and reinforce one of the league's softest defensive lines. He was drafted by new Falcons assistant GM Scott Pioli. The Falcons had to add bodies up front, but Jackson could prove to be one of the more regrettable signings of Day 1. Mar 11 - 4:49 PM

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DE Tyson Jackson is drawing an "impressive amount of interest," with the Dolphins, Browns and Falcons among his potential suitors.

Per RapSheet, the Chiefs also remain in play. The 2009 first-rounder had a career year under Andy Reid and DC Bob Sutton last season, logging 34 tackles and four sacks across 509 snaps while faring well against the run.
Mar 11 - 12:38 PM

Free agent LE Tyson Jackson says he "just started negotiations" with the Chiefs.

Jackson played both end spots last season for the Chiefs and turned his career around under new coach Andy Reid and DC Bob Sutton. He recorded 34 tackles and a career-high four sacks while grading out as a top-ten 3-4 end against the run. The former No. 3 overall pick should have plenty of suitors in free agency.
Mar 3 - 7:47 PM

New Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been "very impressed" with RE Tyson Jackson.

Jackson took a $10 million pay-cut to $4.2 million this offseason. "Not many guys are going to outwork him on the field," said Reid. "Pass rush was not his forte, but he’s working like crazy to get better. As a coach, that’s all you can ask for. He’s a big man who can move a little bit." Jackson is coming off the best six-game stretch of his thus far disappointing career, but shouldn't be better than replacement-level this season.
Mon, May 27, 2013 01:57:00 PM

Chiefs LE Tyson Jackson's contract restructure includes a $10M slash in base salary.

Jackson didn't get any money converted into bonuses or years added on. He just accepted the Chiefs' request to lower his base salary from $14.72M to $4.2M. It's a sign that he expected to find a very soft market if Kansas City cut him.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 12:48:00 PM

Chiefs LE Tyson Jackson has restructured his contract.

One of former GM Scott Pioli's biggest misses was due a laughable $14.72 million, and set to count $17.5 million against the cap. It's likely at least $10 million has been lopped off his salary, and probably more. The No. 3 pick of the 2009 draft, Jackson has just five sacks across 59 career games. Jackson would have been released had he not agreed to this restructuring.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 05:41:00 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey says he's been in contact with LE Tyson Jackson's "representatives" about restructuring his contract.

"Again, we’re in communication with his representatives and we’re just talking through some things," said Dorsey. Jackson is due a whopping $14.72 million salary in the final year of his deal, in addition to a $250,000 workout bonus. He's not going to see that kind of money. Jackson very well could be released.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 09:46:00 PM

The Chiefs are expected to release LE Tyson Jackson this offseason.

The third overall pick in the 2009 draft, Jackson has provided next to no pass-rush impact through four seasons while starting on consistently bad Kansas City run defenses. He's sitting on five career sacks. Jackson's ultimate undoing will be a $14.72 million base salary and $250K offseason roster bonus.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 02:38:00 AM

Chiefs LE Tyson Jackson is a candidate to be released this offseason.

Since being drafted with the third overall pick in 2009, Jackson has been largely a disappointment in his first three seasons, and is due a prohibitive $14.72 million in the final year of his rookie deal. With former GM Scott Pioli no longer making roster decisions, Jackson will be forced to accept a pay cut if he has any chance of returning with the Chiefs. Packers director of football operations John Dorsey is the "clear-cut favorite" to be named Kansas City's next general manager.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 08:09:00 PM

Chiefs LE Tyson Jackson has restructured his contract.

Playing-time incentives had pushed Jackson's 2012 salary to $8.005 million, but he'll now make a fully guaranteed $4 million to go along with a $250,000 workout bonus. An additional $500,000 is available through playing-time incentives, while a $2.5 million option bonus that had been due in 2014 has been pushed onto this year's cap. Jackson's 2013 salary remains a prohibitive $14.72 million, so the Chiefs will make a decision on him next offseason.
Sat, Apr 21, 2012 05:18:00 PM

Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson has earned $5.5 million in playing-time incentives, bringing his 2012 salary to $8.005 million.

Jackson's playing-time bonus was easily the most among NFL players this year. Teammate Glenn Dorsey's base salary has increased from $4.356 million to $5.856 million while LT Branden Albert saw his salary jump from $1.03 million to $2.7175 million. Jackson finally came close to playing up to his draft status in 2011, excelling against the run. His Chiefs career hits a crossroads next offseason now that incentives have pushed his 2013 salary to $14.72 million.
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 07:54:00 PM

Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson drew praise from coach Todd Haley after working with a MMA trainer this offseason.

Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 draft, has struggled badly in his first two seasons. There were even rumors that his roster spot could be in jeopardy. But Haley appreciates the work Jackson has put in. "The best thing out of that is that he cares and he's working," Haley said. "He was working, and he was going out of his way to work."
Tue, Aug 2, 2011 11:04:00 AM

Matt Williamson of Scouts, Inc. notes that Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson "noticeably improved" late last season after battling a knee injury early on.

It's the first sign of life we've seen from Jackson, whom Williamson labeled "simply dreadful" as a rookie in 2009. Compared to Richard Seymour after being selected at No. 3 overall, Jackson has just one sack in two years while often getting "washed out" against the run. He's on the hot seat entering a pivotal third season.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Jul 15, 2011 10:49:00 AM

Tyson Jackson's third season "will be as much about justifying his place on the Chiefs roster as it is about validating" his No. 3 overall status, according to the Kansas City Star.

It's too early to call Jackson a bust, but we're getting there. Questions about his motor and ability are fairly popping up after he lost his starting job to Shaun Smith last season. The Chiefs have proven that they won't give a player snaps just due to draft status.
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 08:33:00 AM

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli admits that the "jury is still out" on former No. 3 overall pick Tyson Jackson.

"I'd take the same player again," Pioli says. "Absolutely, absolutely. ... Everyone in our organization is pretty confident still that Tyson is going to be a good player." Jackson's main role isn't necessarily to rush the passer, but he has one sack through 28 career appearances. The former LSU Tiger lost his starting job to street free agent Shaun Smith last year.
Sat, Apr 16, 2011 10:31:00 AM

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3Antone Smith
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2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Courtney Roby
4Drew Davis
5Jeremy Ebert
WR21Roddy White
2Harry Douglas
3Eric Weems
4Bernard Reedy
5Geraldo Boldewijn
WR31Harry Douglas
TE1Levine Toilolo
2Bear Pascoe
3Mickey Shuler
K1Matt Bryant