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With Paul Soliai gone, is Tyson Jackson next?

We try to find out where the team is headed.

Tyson Jackson with some unimpressive foot speed.
Tyson Jackson with some unimpressive foot speed.
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have gotten rid of three overpaid, underperforming veterans so far this season: William Moore, Justin Durant, and Paul Soliai. It sounds as if Moore and Durant were simply set free, while the team wanted Soliai to take a salary more fitting of his role.

Next on the list of bad acquisitions is the invisible man, DE Tyson Jackson. Jackson looked to be like a solid fit as a run-stopping end in a 3-4 defense. The Falcons, of course, only briefly played that scheme in 2014. Cut to now, and Jackson is competent against the run, and a huge liability when asked to rush the passer.  He is a stunningly average player, and can easily be replaced by any number of free agents and/or draft picks. Perhaps his only most memorable play was when he was unblocked on the way to Cam Newton, had a chance to make the first play the entire season, but instead sends his helmet into Cam Newton's face for a penalty.

Jackson is not a good fit for Quinn's defense, and the Falcons are widely expected to use one of their top draft picks for a starter at the LDE position. Jackson's base salary is $4.75 million this year, an unimaginably high number of a backup that is unable to effectively get to the quarterback.

Atlanta could save his $4.75 million base salary by cutting Jackson, but has to deal with accelerating $3.2 million in his signing bonus into this year. Atlanta could free up that $1.55 million by making the cut, but will probably pay a similar amount to Jackson's replacement. The move would be best used just to get rid of Jackson. If designated as a post-June 1st  cut, the Falcons would save the $4.75 million base salary this season, but will be stuck paying that $3.2 million next season.

The Falcons need a "redo" button on the 2014 offseason.