Houston Texans Updates: Kareem Jackson Cockfighting and New Contracts

Sam McIntoshCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

Image found at CBS Houston
Image found at CBS Houston

Kareem Jackson was a supreme disappointment as the Houston Texans' 2010 first-round draft pick. Starting at cornerback as part of the Texans' dismal secondary all season, Jackson was a target for much of the blame.

Jackson has now taken his poor decision-making off the field and into the ring of cockfighting.

Not only did Jackson decide to attend a cockfighting show during his Dominican vacation, he thought it would be a good idea to share this experience with the world via Twitter.

Although the "tweets" were quickly erased, CBS Houston reported two of them as follows:

"My first time ever seeing a chicken fight to the death it was crazy.."

"Look at all these people that be at these chicken fights, you would think it's a college football game."

Jackson also shared a photograph of himself holding a chicken.

With the negative press surrounding the Michael Vick dogfighting situation over the past few years, one would think Kareem Jackson should have a little more sense than this. Cockfighting may be legal in the Dominican, but Americans have values that would immediately object to such activities.

After receiving much-needed lessons on his pass coverage skills, maybe Jackson should take a few tips on discretion.


Extensions for Daniels, Ward, Cody

Rick Smith and his staff managed to ink contract extensions with three key Texans last week. Tight end Owen Daniels, who improved throughout last season, signed a four-year contract worth $22 million. $6 million will be guaranteed. 

This was a great day for Texans fans, as Daniels has proven he can put up big numbers and play a key role in the locker room. 

Backup running back Derrick Ward signed a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. He also received a bonus of $875,000. Ward was great as Arian Foster's backup last season. Hopefully that will continue. 

Defensive tackle Shaun Cody, who will move to nose tackle, signed a two-year deal worth $5.75 million, including $1.5 million guaranteed.


Strike while the iron is hot

Although the Texans managed to work new deals, some key players still remain unsigned as we approach a potential lockout. 

Fullback Vonta Leach, a key part of the Texans' potent running attack last season, is waiting for the Texans to make a reasonable offer. I think it's safe to say that the club, the fans and "Team Leach" want Vonta back in Houston. He is truly a vital part of the Texans offense. 

Jacoby Jones also remains unsigned. The Texans did manage to put a tender on Jones, but whether or not he will sign a deal with Houston is unclear.


Contractual information via John McClain of chron.com.