Source: Texans keep Kareem Jackson from becoming free agent
MAR 7, 5:38p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Mar 7 / 2:20p ET
News: Jackson agreed to a four-year deal with Houston on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Jackson isn't considered a shutdown corner, but he was one of the top players in a thin cornerback free agent class. Jackson is inked in as a starter at one of Houston's corner spots, while Johnathan Joseph is penciled in at the other.
Rotowire: Mar 7 / 7:12a ET
News: Jackson and the Texans are engaged in ongoing negotiations, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Jackson is inching toward becoming a free agent for the first time in his career. He had some struggles early in his career, but the 20th overall pick in the 2010 draft has improved steadily through the years. He had 57 tackles and three interceptions in 13 starts in 2014.
Rotowire: Feb 17 / 9:34a ET
News: Jackson is unlikely to receive the franchise tag, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: The tag for cornerbacks will be approximately $13 million, and while Jackson has proven to be a solid starter, he isn't quite worth that kind of money for just one season. The Texans still want to keep him around, so the two sides will likely try to hammer out a multi-year deal before free agency begins in March. Jackson is averaging two interceptions and 10 passes defensed through his first five NFL seasons, but he hasn't reached 60 tackles since his rookie campaign of 2010. To be fair, he did record 56 and 57 the past two seasons, despite being limited to 27 total games. On a per-game basis, Jackson provided reasonable IDP production for a cornerback in 2014.