Jackson posted six tackles (four solo), a pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's 23-13 win over the Jaguars. Jackson picked off Trevor Lawrence on a deep pass in the third quarter to mark his fourth interception since joining the Broncos in 2019. The 2010 first-round pick has put up eight tackles thus far. The Jets come to town in Week 3.
Jackson is re-signing with Denver, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Jackson became a free agent when the Broncos declined to pick up his $10 million contract option for 2021. He'll stay in Denver nonetheless, slotting in next to Justin Simmons for one of the better safety pairings in the NFL -- both with top-10 PFF grades in back-to-back seasons. The soon-to-be 33-year-old Jackson was a 16-game starter in 2020, recording 89 tackles (67 solo), four pass defenses and an interception while playing 99.5 percent of Denver's defensive snaps.
The Broncos will not exercise Jackson's option for the 2021 season, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. The Broncos had until the beginning of the new league year to make a decision regarding Jackson's $10 million option for the upcoming campaign. Jackson is coming off a 2020 season in which he recorded 89 tackles, four passes defended and one interception. He's now set to become a free agent, though he may find it difficult to land a multi-year deal given that he's entering his age-33 campaign.
Jackson recorded 90 tackles, a tackle for loss, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 2020. Jackson, healthy for the full season, was able to top his 2019 tackle total while accounting for three or more turnovers for the third consecutive season. Paired with Justin Simmons, Jackson was also integral in providing help over the top of a very dinged-up cornerbacks room that was forced to play a lot of young players. The Broncos could save $10 million by cutting the aging Jackson this offseason, but -- given the quality of his play and the uncertainty surrounding Simmons heading into free agency -- the safer bet is that the Broncos will let it ride with the former Crimson Tide.
Jackson recorded seven tackles, all solo, across 67 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Panthers. Jackson tied for the team lead in tackles Sunday, as he now has 76 tackles (57 solo) on the year. The veteran safety will now shift his focus to Saturday's showdown with the Bills.
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