Kareem Jackson will team up with Justin Simmons in the Denver Broncos’ defensive field for the fourth straight year.
According to multiple reports, the Broncos have re-signed veteran playmaker Jackson to a second consecutive one-year contract.
By sources, #Broncos agree to terms with S Kareem Jackson on a one-year contract.
— Ryan O’Halloran (@ryanohalloran) April 7, 2022
And while the team is probably working on their own news article, they posted this tweet:
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 7, 2022
Caden Sterns, who appeared to be in line to be the starter if Jackson left, was also delighted with the signing.
His first two years with the Broncos, Jackson made $12 million and $11 million apiece, respectively. But last season, he signed a more team-friendly deal that ultimately netted just under $5 million. If George Paton and Denver were able to re-sign Jackson for $5 million, that would be a huge win.
Partly because Jackson and Simmons have played together for the past three years and their styles complement each other incredibly well.
Simmons is the ball peddler safety who has racked up 14 NFL picks in that span. He is part safe, part cornerback and part centre-back deep, ready to snatch the ball in the air. And Simmons is also a solid tackler overall, although he has missed a few arm tackles over the years.
Meanwhile, Jackson is the homing missile, ready to fly and rip someone’s head off. He loves to hit and has made many spectacular plays during his time with the Broncos. Last year, the 12-year-old professional led the team with 88 combined tackles and he’s been extremely consistent in that department during his tenure with the team. On top of that, Jackson was a cornerback and always knows how to cover receivers.
Last year, Jackson dropped down the Pro Football Focus rankings, down to 84th best safety and an overall rating of 52.0. Meanwhile, Simmons was 16th in that position and earned a 74.8 rating. However, in 2020 both were in the top 10 by PFF.
Speaking of those worthy games, let’s take a look at some of his best with the Broncos.
Fumble-6 vs. Houston
In 2019, Jackson returned to Houston to face his former team. And, wow did he put on a show.
His incredible 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the game of the game, but he also had plenty of hits against former DeAndre Hopkins. More on this in the next point. But first, enjoy this phenomenal game.
— Alabama Crimson Tide | AL.com (@aldotcomTide) December 8, 2019
And who led the way except his security mate, Simmons.
Hit it hard DeAndre Hopkins
In that same game, Jackson was all over the court. He had 11 tackles, one tackle for a loss, had one assist and had this escaped-6. It was probably one of the best games of his career.
And that may have been the biggest hit of them all. As Deshaun Watson rushed he found DeAndre Hopkins loose but Jackson hit him as the ball came in for the free kick which shook the ball.
Kareem Jackson channels his inner Atwater. pic.twitter.com/yda2oTBsXv
—Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) May 30, 2020
Force a fumble on the goal line
As the Broncos took on the Chargers, Los Angeles drove late in the first half, looking to score a touchdown. And with Austin Ekeler taking the ball down the line, there was Jackson to hit him as he dove towards the pylon. That play was crucial in the Broncos’ 20-13 win over Los Angeles that day.
Watch it on DenverBroncos.com here.