The Los Angeles Rams are looking for veteran depth in the trenches after Dominique Easley tore his ACL forcing him to miss the entire 2017 season. Enter Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and one of the last players who benefited from the bloated rookie scale in 2009 signing for $57 million ($31 million guaranteed).
Former Chiefs and Falcons DE Tyson Jackson is working out today for the Rams, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2017
Often considered a bust, Jackson has been fortunate to be signed by the same general manager twice. Scott Pioli drafted Jackson as the then-general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs and then signed him with the Atlanta Falcons to a five-year, $25 million contract.
Fans from the Falcons and Chiefs both lament that Jackson earned so much money for being a below-average player. In fact, SBN’s Falcons site, the Falcoholic, claims that Jackson’s signing was worse than the Ray Edwards mistake.
Long considered a unit of strength, the Rams are now paper thin along the defensive front so far through the early stages of training camp with a myriad of issues. DE Aaron Donald is holding out, DT Michael Brockers is nursing an injury, Tanzel Smart is a rookie, the rest of the bench players are, well, bench players.
Look for the Rams to do their homework on veteran players of Jackson’s reputation to provide depth.