ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent cornerback Kareem Jackson on a three-year contract, President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced on Wednesday.
Jackson (5-10, 183 pounds) is a 10th-year player who started 124-of-132 regular-season games and eight postseason contests during his first nine seasons with Houston. He was selected by the Texans with the 20th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft from the University of Alabama.
His regular-season career totals include 556 tackles (465 solo), 16 interceptions (336 yds., 3 TDs), 88 passes defensed, two sacks (17 yds.), five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In the postseason, he has recorded 33 tackles (24 solo) and four passes defensed.
Jackson’s 16 career interceptions are tied for the most in Texans history while his 88 passes defensed and 465 solo tackles rank second in team annals. Since he entered the NFL in 2010, he is one of just four cornerbacks to record 500 total tackles and 80 passes defensed.
In his ninth NFL season in 2018, Jackson started all 16 games (12 at CB and 4 at S) for the Texans and tied for third in the NFL with a career-high 17 passes defensed. His 87 tackles (70 solo) and two forced fumbles also represented career highs as Houston finished with an 11-5 record and an AFC South Division title.
A four-year starter at Alabama (2006-09), Jackson opened 40-of-41 career games for the Crimson Tide and totaled 159 tackles (106 solo), five interceptions (164 yds.), 34 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Jackson played running back at Westside High School in Macon, Ga., where he rushed for 3,447 yards and 46 touchdowns in three seasons. He was born on April 10, 1988.