After 24 hours of intense negotiations, the Chiefs signed their first-round draft choice, defensive end Tyson Jackson of Louisiana State.
Several sources last night indicated that the Chiefs had signed Jackson, but they were a little premature. This breaking news is excellent for the Seahawks, who’ve yet to agree with their first-round pick, linebacker Aaron Curry.
Tyson Jackson’s contract gives both sides a better idea of Aaron Curry’s true value, and should make the negotiation process a lot easier. With the third- and fifth-overall picks coming to terms with their respective teams, Curry’s value is pretty much determined. I would be surprised if Seattle isn’t able to get a deal done with Curry by the end of this weekend.
The details of Tyson Jackson’s contract have not been disclosed, but ESPN.com’s John Clayton was apparently told that the two sides had been “working on a deal worth $57 million over five years, with $31 million guaranteed.”
Mark Sanchez, who signed with the New York Jets last June and was selected one pick after Curry, agreed to a deal worth up o $60 million with $28 million guaranteed.