CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears is sacked by Tyson Jackson #94 of the Kansas City Chiefs next to Lance Louis #60 at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In case you missed it, Kansas City Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson restructured his contract a few weeks back. Here are all the details of his restructure. A few things come to mind after reading about this...
Jackson's gonna be safe this year. I don't think he's going to get cut this year. Before this restructure, and admittedly without a full understanding of Jackson's contract, I thought it was possible that Jackson could be cut this year. But this restructure likely makes him safe in 2012.
Jackson's probably not so safe next year. His 2013 salary cap number is still huge. He's due over $14 million in base salary. I can't envision a scenario in which the Chiefs keep that number on the books. This isn't even totally about performance either. I'd have trouble swallowing a number that big for just about any player outside of quarterback.
The 2014 season is off the books. He was under contract through 2014 but that year has been deleted from his contract.
Jackson wants to stay in Kansas City. So says Jason La Canfora. If that's the case, it'll have to be at a more manageable price.
Now, not to make excuses for the Chiefs, but the rest of the 2009 NFL draft looks pretty bad. Other 2009 top 10 picks who have been less than stellar: Jason Smith (2), Aaron Curry (4), Mark Sanchez (5) and Andre Smith (6).