Atlanta Falcons sign former Kansas City Chiefs DL Tyson Jackson


Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson (94) celebrates after a tackle in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Financial details have been released, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.


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.

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.