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Jackson’s In: Chiefs and First-Round Pick Come to Terms

Pro Football Weekly reports that the Chiefs and first-round pick Tyson Jackson have come to terms:

The Chiefs have signed DE Tyson Jackson, the third overall selection in the 2009 draft, to an undisclosed contract, according to published reports. According to one source, the deal will be the richest in team history on an annualized basis.

Entering Thursday, Jackson was the highest unsigned pick from this year’s draft. His agreement could pave the way for No. 4 overall pick LB Aaron Curry to come to terms with the Seahawks.

Playing collegiately at LSU, Jackson became a full-time starter at defensive end in his sophomore season. During his final three years there, he recorded 109 tackles (25 for loss), 16½ sacks, and 18 passes batted down while helping the Tigers become one of the nation’s top defenses. Possessing excellent size, strength and athleticism, Jackson has very few weaknesses in his game, vaulting him up draft boards late in the process.

A versatile player, Jackson is expected to anchor one side of the Chiefs’ defensive line in their new 3-4 scheme. His ability to hold the edge and command double-teams is one of the main reasons Kansas City fell in love with him and took him at No. 3. After missing the first week of training camp, Jackson should now be able to join his teammates in River Falls, Wis., and begin practicing.


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