At the time that Jackson was drafted, new General Manager Scott Pioli, went against his (or should I say Carl Peterson's personnel guys), who wanted the team to take an offensive line or further take the draft day trade with Detroit that would have given the Chiefs as many as three future picks in the 2009 draft and one in 2010.
So the man who hailed from New England with an eye for spotting talent that led to a trio of Super Bowl trophies, fell in love with Jackson. Case closed!
But now we're hearing the two could be headed for a divorce.
According to league source, the Kansas City Chiefs may move Jackson via traded or cut him altogether to increase the teams spending budget before the start of free agency begins next Saturday.
Still cutting Jackson would be the second best option for Pioli. Preferably, he would like to use his former first round pick as trade bait to acquire another defensive player or luckily obtain a future draft pick. But thus far the prospects of making that happen, appear closer to none than slim.
However as unlikely it was that the owners and players were on the verge of labor peace at this point of their war, we're told one team has shown modest interest in Jackson, the Cincinnati Bengals.
The AFC North team has some significant age at key positions. And with Quarterback Carson Palmer continuing to make threats of his intentions to hang up his cleats unless he's traded, the Bengals may need to absorb Jackson's inflated contract.
From my view, the Chiefs and Bengals can help one another with their respective dilemmas. The Bengals, who need to spend money to rich the 2011 cap ceiling, could acquire Jackson for Cincinnati defensive end, Antwan Odom.
Antwan Odom has a few good years left but can he be a productive starter for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011?
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And from the Chiefs perspective, they get another veteran defensive lineman to hedge their bets on developing third round pick Allen Bailey and Wallace Gilberry into productive starters opposite Glen Dorsey.
Ultimately it might make the most sense to just cut Jackson and hope the team can re-sign him to contract that fits his back-up role.
But how would Odom fit in Kansas City?
Well to be honest, he's only played in ten games the last two seasons. In fact, he's not had a monster year since his third year in Tennessee when he had eight sacks.
If he can stay healthy, our source says that Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel, believes he might be able to get four or five serviceable years out of Odom.
However, I'm not so optimistic. Odom will be 30 years old in September and I just don't see him as a starter but he's better than Jackson.
Still this rumor has a very tight string attached to it. In order for Pioli to cut Jackson, he must first admit that drafting him was a mistake. And if I'm to give our source credence, it sounds like that's exactly the case.
But I do have issue with bringing in another thirty-something player to fill a void on the roster. It was great a year ago but not in 2011. There's just too much free agent talent to be had beginning on Saturday, that I'd rather see those riches go to younger players.
Because right now Pioli is acting a bit like Carl Peterson by adding guys looking at one more big NFL contract. If rumblings are correct, the Chiefs reportedly are also interested in two more thirty-something veterans, Linebacker Nick Barnett (Green Bay) and Defensive Tackle Aubrayo Franklin (San Francisco).
Sure each veteran has a few good years left. But do we really want the Chiefs starting defensive line in 2011 to consist of Odom, Franklin and Dorsey?
Thankfully I don't have to be accountable for that decision.
WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS:
I'm not a fan of either of these moves. What do you think Chiefs fans?
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