It’s been a tough season for Kareem Jackson. And now he is being released from the team, per a report from Denver7’s Troy Renck.
#Broncos will release popular veteran Kareem Jackson with plans to sign him to practice squad if he clears waivers, per source. Most manageable solution to tricky situation. 9News first reported the decision. My #Denver7 story: https://t.co/cfQitVKeIt pic.twitter.com/U3QakN0SIE— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) December 25, 2023
The veteran signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal to return to the Broncos this season.
But a hit in the home opener against the Raiders would prove fateful for the strong safety.
Fined for a hit that knocked out Raiders receiver Jakobi Myers, Jackson would then rack up a total of four fines and two ejections in the first half of the season.
One ejection would lead to a two-week suspension (negotiated down from four) and the second one would result in the full four.
Jackson returned from the two-week ban to his starting position opposite Justin Simmons. But he lost that job to P.J. Locke this past weekend when the Broncos elected not to activate him in favor of his primary suspension sub.
Renck reported that the Broncos plan to release the veteran but intend to sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers on Tuesday.
Renck also noted that part of the Broncos’ decision is because “KJack” is a locker room favorite and a co-captain.
Last week Simmons told Renck that Jackson has been a leader despite his troubles with the NFL this season.
“For the biggest reason, you can’t replace his leadership and the intangibles that he brings,” Simmons told Denver7. “Obviously, he’s a heck of a player on the field. But I think P.J. would be the first to tell you that the reason he has played so well is because of the knowledge that Jackson has passed down. The reason JMac (Ja’Quan McMillian) has come in and played pretty much like the defensive player of the year for us has been because of a guy like Kareem.”
By releasing Jackson, the Broncos can keep Locke but also allow the veteran to finish the season with the Broncos and then possibly sign with another team at the end of the season.
As Renck noted, this move “was the most manageable solution for a tricky situation, given Jackson’s status and respect in the locker room.”
Earlier this week, head coach Sean Payton cast doubt on Jackson’s future.
“We have until Monday with his roster exemption,” Payton said Thursday. “Officially by Monday, if he comes up, someone else has to come down. We’re at 53 plus him, and then we’ll figure out how we’ll handle it relative to this week and going forward.”
They’ve figured it out.