DENVER (KDVR) — Defense wins championships. Just ask the Broncos after the Super Bowl 50 team won the franchise’s third world championship. Denver took a big step towards that goal Tuesday bringing back safety Kareem Jackson. The Broncos confirmed the signing in a social media post.
Jackson will play on a reported 1-year, $5 million deal. The Broncos chose not to activate his original contract before the start of the NFL league year, making Jackson a free agent. He originally signed a 3-year contract in 2019 and had been set to earn $10 million dollars in the final year of his deal.
The importance of the safety position doesn’t go unnoticed by General Manager George Paton. “It’s a space and cover league,” Paton said as the team introduced safety Justin Simmons to a 4-year contract Monday. “It’s such a passing league, and his ability to play the run, play in space, blitz and cover a tight end—it’s huge to have that on your football team.”
The 2021 Broncos secondary reunites Jackson with newly re-signed safety Simmons. With the additions of Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller at cornerback, along with veteran Bryce Callahan, the Broncos on paper have a promising back-end of the defense.
Jackson, now age 31, played in all 16 games in 2020, recording 89 tackles, four pass deflections and one interception.