Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson became another Top 5 pick from the 2009 NFL Draft to agree to a restructured contract, a league source has confirmed.
After triggering an incentive in the five-year, $57 million contract Jackson had received as the No. 3 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Jackson's base salary had escalated from $2.505 million to $8.05 million and his 2013 salary jumped from $3.22 million to $14.72 million.
Under the restructure, Jackson's base salary this season has gone from $8.05 million to $4.25 million, with $4 million fully guaranteed (skill, injury, cap). Jackson's $250,000 workout bonus remains and he is eligible to earn a $500,000 playing-time incentive.
In terms of the salary cap, the 2014 season of Jackson's contract has been deleted, accelerating the $2.5 million in option bonus from that season onto this year's cap. Despite that, Jackson's cap number has been reduced from $10.755 million to $9.5 million, a savings of $1.255 million for the 2012 season.
Jackson's 2013 base salary remains at $14.72 million, $3.22 million of which is guaranteed for injury and cap.
In 44 games since entering the NFL, Jackson has 124 tackles and two sacks. Jackson had a career-high 55 tackles in 2011 as his playing time bounced back up to 57 percent after playing in just 27 percent of the Chiefs' defensive snaps in 2010.
In addition to Jackson, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (No. 1 overall), St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith (No. 2 overall), Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry (No. 3 to Seattle Seahawks), New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (No. 5 overall) and Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith (No. 6 overall) have each had their rookie contracts altered or extended.