The new regime in Kansas City remains the busiest front office in the NFL.
One day after finding a way to keep wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, left tackle Branden Albert and punter Dustin Colquitt, the Chiefs ensured that a key defensive player would remain with the team in 2013.
Scheduled to receive the third-highest 2013 base salary in the NFL at $14.72 million with a salary-cap hit of $17.5 million, Jackson had no chance of staying with the Chiefs without a significant pay cut.
A poster child for the NFL's rookie salary cap, Jackson landed a five-year, $57 million contract as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 draft. Although he has started 29 of 32 games the past two years, Jackson has compiled just five sacks in four seasons with insufficient impact on a defense that has finished near the back of the pack against the run.@ChrisWesseling.