Even after cutting CB Dunta Robinson last week, the Kansas City Chiefs still have very little salary cap space to play with. It’s safe to expect more players to be cut in the near future as the Chiefs have 16 players heading into free agency with almost no money to sign any of them. One of those players is defensive end Tyson Jackson. Let’s look at the pros and cons of bringing him back to Kansas City.
Jackson had a career year in 2013. He had a solid performance at stopping the run and compiled a career-high four sacks. Despite being a five-year veteran, Jackson has not reached his full potential, and could be even better next season.
The primary problem is the same issue that the Chiefs have for every free agent who would require more than a league-minimum salary right now — they simply can’t afford him. Kansas City was finally starting to get some return for drafting Jackson third overall in 2009, but despite having a career year, his production is replaceable.
The only way the Chiefs can bring back Jackson is if he is willing to take far less money than he could get somewhere else. Kansas City would be better off bringing in some depth through the draft and having Allen Bailey fill in while they try to bring along some prospects.
The drop-off in production from Jackson to Bailey should not be very big. He did a solid job coming off the bench last season, and could turn out to be a solid starter if given a real chance in his fourth season.