The Kansas City Chiefs and Eugene Parker, representation for third overall pick Tyson Jackson, are getting close to a deal. With the second overall pick, Jason Smith, on the hook for $33 million guaranteed on a six year deal that voids to five, getting Jackson into camp this weekend now appears to be a reality.
Third round pick Alex Magee, who officially agreed to terms with the Chiefs yesterday, said he has spoken with Jackson. Per Magee, Jackson indicated to him that GM Scott Pioli and Parker were close to getting a deal done.
"They’re still working on things, getting things situated with him," said Magee. "He wants to be here. I know he wants to be here. He’s kind of disappointed that he’s not here on time, but everything is going to work out fine for him."
Magee noted the stress of the negotiations and the burden that's lifted once it's over.
"Whenever you finish up something like that, it’s always a burden off your shoulders. Something you want to get out of the way."
Pioli did not address the negotiations when he arrived for camp with the rest of the team. He and Todd Haley were scheduled for a tour of the River Falls campus.
The Chiefs first practice as a team starts tomorrow, although Jackson will be required to take the conditioning test the rest of the team is taking today before he can practice.