Update: Financial details have been released, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Tyson Jackson’s deal with the #Falcons is for $25M over five years. Wow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
The moves just keep coming for the Atlanta Falcons, and the third in a trio of signings that already includes former Chiefs G Jon Asamoah and former Dolphins DT Paul Soliai is a signing of former #3 overall pick Tyson Jackson.
— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) March 11, 2014
Jackson has spent the duration of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs since being drafted in 2009, and while many have seen his tenure as a bit of a disappointment given his lofty draft position, he is a very solid player. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman is considered to be a perfect fit as a 3-4 defensive end, and his claim to fame is as a run-stuffer in that format.
In 74 career games, the 27-year-old Jackson has only 9 sacks, but that isn’t what he is being brought to Atlanta to accomplish, and like Soliai before him, this signing could signal the much anticipated move to the 3-4 defense that many have speculated about. Jackson is certainly the lowest-profile of the three moves, but it is a nice addition to the defensive line, and with guys like Jonathan Babineaux and Corey Peters back on board as well, it will almost certainly be an improved unit.