Kareem Jackson Re-Signs with Texans: Latest Details and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2015

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Kareem Jackson wasn't on the market long before the Houston Texans took him right back off it. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jackson agreed to a four-year extension with the team Saturday.

ESPN's Tania Ganguli reported financial terms of the deal:

Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli

Kareem Jackson's deal is worth $8.5 million, per year. Great for him. #Texans

Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli

Jackson's deal includes $20 million in guarantees. #Texans

This comes hours after it looked like the 26-year-old cornerback was destined for a new home. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported late Friday night that the signs were pointing toward Jackson becoming a free agent. Instead, he's staying in Houston, where he's played for his first five seasons in the NFL.

He expressed his pleasure with the news on Twitter:

Kareem Jackson @ReemBoi25

Wow!!!! I can’t begin to express how happy I am right now!! Definitely a great moment for me and my family right now!!!

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle noted that the two sides have been hammering out the details of a new contract for some time:

Brian T. Smith @ChronBrianSmith

Jackson was #Texans' biggest UFA and one of best CBs potentially on market. He and team have been negotiating for weeks to reach deal.

Keeping Jackson is a major boost for the Texans. He tied for the team lead in interceptions last year with three and has established himself as one of the better corners in the league. Especially with the dearth of quality corners available this offseason, it was imperative that Houston not lose him.

Albert Breer of NFL Network thinks the new contract is affirmation of how far Jackson has come and how hard he worked to get there:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Jackson's a pretty good story in Houston. Was considered a bust early in his career, fought through all of that, and made it to second deal.

According to Football Outsiders, the Texans finished with the sixth-best pass defense in the league in 2014, and the unit shouldn't see much of a drop-off in 2015 with Jackson still in the fold.

Re-signing Jackson also means Houston doesn't need to look at drafting a corner in the first round of the draft.

Even if the Texans don't do anything else in this offseason, they've already accomplished one of their top goals by ensuring that Jackson is sticking around.


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