Mike Garafolo tweets that DE Tyson Jackson didn’t receive an extension upon restructuring his contract.
Jackson instead agreed to drop his salary from $14.72 million to $4.2 million for the 2013 season.
Jackson, 27, was taken with the third overall pick back in the 2009 draft. He signed a two-year extension worth $21.97 million and included $4 million guaranteed last offseason. Jackson had a $14.72 million base salary coming his way in 2013 and his cap figure was a staggering $17.47 million.
The Chiefs just locked up Dwayne Bowe and Dustin Colquitt on Monday and have reportedly agreed to a trade for QB Alex Smith. All of this makes it hard to carry Jackson at that price, so it was either this or be released.
In terms of production, Jackson has accumulated just 4 sacks in the past two seasons. He was rated as the No. 30 best 3-4 defensive end out 34 qualifying players by Pro Football Focus.
Clearly, Jackson doesn’t offer much in regards to getting to the quarterback, but he was especially stout against the run two seasons ago. It will be interesting to see if he’s capable of turning things around under the direction of the Chiefs new coaching staff.