Atlanta Falcons: 5 players that still need to get cut
4) Tyson Jackson
If you want to talk about some of the worst transactions in Thomas Dimitroff’s tenure as Atlanta Falcons’ general manager, Tyson Jackson sits atop the list.
Jackson was given a 5-year, $25 million contract at the start of the 2014 season and has been absolutely atrocious in his two seasons with the Falcons. To think this guy was a former No. 3 overall pick is hard to fathom.
At 6-4, 296 pounds, Jackson really isn’t a defensive end. He has nine career sacks in seven NFL seasons and has not accounted for a sack in two years with Atlanta. He has never forced a fumble and has never really been a big defensive threat even with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Falcons were robbed of $25 million when they gave it to Jackson after he had his best season to date in 2013 with the Chiefs. In that season Jackson had a career-high four sacks. If the Falcons cut Jackson in March, they will get to save a little of the money owed to him, but have already wasted a good amount on a player who hasn’t really done anything in two seasons.