KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There’s a reunion in Atlanta, as guard Jon Asamoah and defensive end Tyson Jackson get to see a familiar face in Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli.
As the Chiefs general manager from 2009-12, Pioli drafted Jackson in 2009 and Asamoah in 2010.
Asamoah agreed to a five-year deal on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Asamoah’s agent, Joe Panos, told the Journal-Constitution his client “took less to go to Atlanta.”
Asamoah joined the Chiefs out of Illinois and appeared in 59 games with 43 starts at right guard for the Chiefs. He began the 2013 season as the starting right guard before being supplanted by Geoff Schwartz.
Jackson agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports:
The fifth-year pro out of Louisiana State finished his stint in Kansas City appearing in 74 games with 55 starts.
He recorded 190 tackles (139 solo) and nine sacks over the past five seasons. Jackson had a career-high four sacks in 2013.
Meanwhile, Schwartz, also left the Chiefs on the first day of free agency after agreeing to terms with the New York Giants, Dan Graziano of ESPN reports:
Schwartz tweeted he will officially sign the contract on Wednesday:
The Chiefs signed Schwartz to a one-year deal last offseason and he appeared in all 16 regular season games with seven starts.
Within minutes of the league’s calendar year taking effect, which kicked off Tuesday’s free agency period, the Chiefs also lost left tackle Branden Albert to the Miami Dolphins and wide receiver/punt returner Dexter McCluster to the Tennessee Titans.