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Broncos sign safety Kareem Jackson to new one-year contract


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver's talented safety tandem is staying intact for another season, as the Broncos signed Kareem Jackson to a new one-year contract on Monday, the team announced.

Jackson, who is entering his 13th NFL season, has been half of a formidable duo alongside Justin Simmons in Denver's defensive backfield for the previous three seasons.

In that time, Jackson has cultivated a reputation as one of the best — and hardest-hitting — tacklers at the position. In his 44 starts for the Broncos, Jackson has tallied 248 total tackles, 16 passes defensed, four interceptions, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one sack and one defensive touchdown.

Over his previous 12 NFL seasons, the former first-round pick has showcased versatility at cornerback and safety, with 807 total tackles, 20 interceptions, 104 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 28 tackles for loss and four defensive touchdowns.

With Jackson's new deal, Denver will return all four of its primary starters from the defensive backfield, as Jackson joins Simmons and cornerbacks Pat Surtain II and Ronald Darby. A year ago, the unit ranked eighth in passing yards allowed and allowed the fifth-fewest passing touchdowns in the league.

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