Defensive back Kareem Jackson has signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Denver Broncos according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. His new contract carries with it $23 million in guarantees and keeps him with the team through 2021. Jackson spent his first nine seasons with the Houston Texans.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019
Kareem Jackson, Denver Broncos Agree to Contract
Jackson was drafted as a cornerback with the 20th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He was the second cornerback selected in the draft and was immediately inserted into the right side of the defense. Expectations amounted during Jackson’s rookie year coupled with concerns of whether or not he could replace longtime franchise corner Dunta Robinson. After a solid rookie campaign the future was bright for Jackson as the team brought in Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.
Over the next few years, Jackson teamed up with cornerback Johnathan Joseph to become one of the more formidable cornerback duos in the AFC South. Jackson had his best year statistically (four interceptions and 16 pass deflections) in 2012. He helped lead the Texans to an impressive 12-4 regular season record. Jackson produced better stats than Joseph and was arguably snubbed of Pro Bowl honors in favor of Joseph.
After becoming an unrestricted free agent during the 2015 off-season, Jackson decided to re-sign with the Texans for four-years, $34 million. A contract worthy for one of the top free agent cornerbacks, and he got to stay home. Jackson continued to be a solid fixture in the Texans’ secondary for the next few years.
As the years progress, the battle for playing time increased with the emergence of new competition. Jackson moved to safety in 2018 and posted a career high in tackles and while showcasing his flexibility on defense. Jackson’s 16 interceptions are tied for the franchise lead. His nine years of experience and ability to play multiple positions in the secondary make him an asset.
While at Alabama, Jackson’s accolades include Freshman All-American Honors, an SEC Championship, and a BCS National Championship. Jackson spent three years in Tuscaloosa prior to declaring for the 2010 NFL Draft.