Kareem Jackson the Houston Texans cornerback is set to become a free agent, but he really wouldn’t mind staying put in Houston. Jackson had 57 tackles, three interceptions and nine passes defensed this season. He played in the slot more than he did in his previous four seasons (440 snaps inside this season, 284 in all the rest), while remaining a primary outside corner when the defense called for only two. When asked if he was ready to hit free agency, he really sounded as if he wanted to stay with the team.
“To see where we’ve grown as an organization and me as a player, I guess it’s just a testament to how hard the coaching staff and the GM and how hard Bob and Cal have worked to get the right people here, to get the team going in the right direction, as well as me,” Jackson said. “For them to get the right coaches in to help me progress my game. For me to work hard and progress my game on my own, the offseason and stuff, I guess that just kind of shows what hard work’s all about”, according to ESPN.com.
Their support mattered to Jackson, too. While many called for a change away from Jackson, a 2010 first-round pick, the Texans believed in his future and ability.
“They’ve always been in my corner,” Jackson said. “It’s always been positive from them and from me. it’s just one of those things. You have growing pains, but at the end of the day, you get to a point and you’re comfortable.”