The Denver Broncos filled one of their priority 2019 needs by signing Kareem Jackson to a three-year contract, according to multiple reports.
The 30-year-old defensive back, who spent the first nine years of his career in Houston, is expected to sign a three-year deal worth $33 million, including $23 million guaranteed, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
A versatile defensive back that can play safety, Jackson figures to play a significant role in new head coach Vic Fangio’s plans on defense but is expected — for the most part — to play cornerback opposite Chris Harris Jr. with Bradley Roby expected to sign elsewhere.
Pro Football Focus ranked Jackson as the fifth-best cornerback in 2018, noting in their 2019 Free Agency Profile that “[a]s he approaches his 31st birthday, Jackson still has plenty left in the tank.
“As good as he is in coverage, he’s probably better in run support, as his 91.1 run-defense grade ranked second among cornerbacks this past season.
“Jackson is a do-it-all corner who isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work.”
Jackson’s contract will not become official until the 2019 league year begins on Wednesday, March 13.