According to ESPN's lead reporter Adam Schefter, the Houston Texans have claimed veteran safety off waivers from the Denver Broncos who released him yesterday. Now, he returns to the team that drafted him in the first round of the NFL Draft back in 2010.
Texans claimed S Kareem Jackson off waivers from the Broncos. Jackson now returns to Houston, where he was a 2010 first-round pick out of Alabama.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 26, 2023
The reports yesterday indicated that the Denver Broncos were hopeful to sign Jackson back to their practice squad if he cleared waivers, but obviously, that did not happen. According to reports, it sounded like they planned on him returning to their practice squad because they released DB Keidron Smith with the plan to replace his spot with Jackson’s. Now with Jackson in Houston, the team has re-signed Keidron Smith back to their practice squad.
Jackson has been with the team since 2019 and re-signed with them this past offseason on a one-year deal. He ended up starting and playing a bigger role with the team after an injury to Caden Sterns but to four-game suspensions for unnecessary roughness sidelined him for the majority of the Broncos season.
Now, he joins a Texans team fighting for a playoff spot as well as an AFC South division title. He will give them some veteran depth to their secondary and also be a leader in their locker room.
With Jackson officially off the team and the Broncos odds of making the postseason being incredibly low, I hope we see more of rookie JK Skinner in the final two games. He has been inactive for all but one game this season but with Caden Sterns injury history, P.J. Locke a free agent at the end of the year, and Justin Simmons now on the wrong end of 30, it would be nice to see what they have in the big rookie safety.