KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings is hit by Tyson Jackson #94 and Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs as he scrambles during the game on October 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Tyson Jackson has reportedly agreed to a restructured contract according to Mac's Football Blog, who cites a league source.
Jackson becomes another player drafted at the top of the 2009 draft that agrees to a restructured deal. He joins Matthew Stafford, Jason Smith, Aaron Curry, Mark Sanchez and Andre Smith as players who were taken in the top 6 of the draft three years ago that have altered their original deals. via Mac's Football Blog.
In terms of the salary cap, the 2014 season of Jackson's contract has been deleted, accelerating the $2.5 million in option bonus from that season onto this year's cap. Despite that, Jackson's cap number has been reduced from $10.755 million to $9.5 million, a savingsof $1.255 million for the 2012 season.
It's interesting that this restructure was done before the draft and that the Chiefs are not currently in a cap situation that would have made this move necessary to get under the cap. Jackson still has a base salary of $14.72 million in 2013, with $3.22 guaranteed. That's quite a large number so the Chiefs could look at an extension or walk-away from Jackson after this season if an extension isn't agreed upon.
The defensive end spot will now become a focus of this teams' future as their two starters from last year, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson, both have their contracts up in the next two years. Dorsey becomes a free agent after this season and Jackson becomes a free agent now after the 2013 season.
What could this mean for the future of Jackson and/or Dorsey?