There is no recent Kansas City Chiefs’ draft choice more often connected to the previous regime than Tyson Jackson.
It is reasonable to think the new Kansas City regime will not be interested in moving forward with him.
The drafting story of former Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli, who was dismissed last month, starts with Jackson. Pioli took over the Chiefs when they had the No. 3 pick in the draft in 2009. He focused on Jackson out of LSU unexpectedly. Jackson was widely considered a top-20 pick, not a top five pick. But Pioli went with position need and the fact that Jackson was a strong character and over-drafted him.
Jackson has been a decent player in Kansas City. But he has not been a game-changing player.
He has a salary-cap number of more than $14 million this season and he is expected not to be brought back by new coach Andy Reid and new general manager John Dorsey. If they do bring back Jackson, it will very likely be with a huge pay cut.
With Jackson’s future in doubt and Glenn Dorsey a free agent, the Chiefs have already begun to consider other options. Veteran Chris Canty, cut by the Giants this week, visited the Chiefs and he could sign with the team. The Chiefs have the No. 1 overall pick and they could take a defensive end.
It’s a new beginning in Kansas City. That means underwhelming reminders of the past may be shown the door.