Chiefs and Matt Cassel, Tyson Jackson having 'ongoing conversations'

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

KC Chiefs GM John Dorsey spoke to the media at the NFL Combine on Friday and gave (non-)updates on Dwayne Bowe and Branden Albert, the Chiefs two biggest free agents. But what about Matt Cassel and Tyson Jackson? Dorsey said the Chiefs continue to communicate with them.

The buzzword for Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey on Friday was "ongoing conversations". Or "ongoing communication". Some variation of that. The Chiefs GM was asked about Dwayne Bowe and Branden Albert, who are both free agents, and Matt Cassel and Tyson Jackson, who are viewed as possible salary cap casualties by a lot of folks.

Read what Dorsey said on Albert and Bowe here. And then here's what Andy Reid said about them.

Let's move onto the potential salary cap casualties.

When asked about Matt Cassel and Tyson Jackson, Dorsey gave pretty much the same answer.

On Cassel's future, Dorsey said, "Yeah, we've sat and talked. Again, it's an ongoing conversation."

We all know the story with Cassel. He's due over $7 million next year and most folks expect him to get cut. I'm one of the few people who seem to think it's not a foregone conclusion that he'll be cut. The Chiefs would likely make a decision here by free agency in March.

On Tyson Jackson, Dorsey said, "Right now, again, we're in communication with his representatives and we're just talking through some things."

What would they be talking through? Oh, just the fact that Jackson is scheduled to be the highest paid Chief next season. There's no doubt that contract is completely out of whack and it will need to be fixed. Is Jackson willing to take the pay cut to stay in Kansas City? If he is, the question is how much. It will need to be a significant drop-off from that $14+ million number. I do think it would be in the Chiefs best interest to bring Jackson back assuming they can do so at a much lower rate. I don't like the idea of the Chiefs losing both their starting defensive ends from last season (assuming Glenn Dorsey is gone).


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