No Fly Zone 2.0? The Significance of the Broncos Officially Signing SS Kareem Jackson

The Denver Broncos officially announced the re-signing of safety Kareem Jackson on Wednesday, following some debate on whether he would stay with the team. The deal is one year long, and Jackson is set to make $5 million. Age might have played a partial factor in the deal — and at age 32, Jackson is nearing the end of his prime, but he still has a few years left in him.

In 2020, the strong safety started all 16 games for the Broncos — where he recorded 89 combined tackles and an interception. With this new deal, Jackson will reunite with fellow safety Justin Simmons who recently signed a lucrative four-year extension (which made him the highest-paid safety in the NFL). It seems that the two safeties are close, as Simmons (an All Pro), spoke about the connection he has with Jackson during a recent press conference. The duo was a top force in the NFL last year and is poised to continue its dominance.

With the additions of Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby, the Denver secondary looks to compete as one of the best in 2021. Darby is coming off of one of his best seasons and is a great #2 cornerback. In 2018, his last year under current Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio (who, at the time, was the Bears’ defensive coordinator), Fuller recorded a league high seven interceptions, earning all-pro and pro bowl honors.

Reuniting with Fangio should keep Fuller Playing at a high level and potentially take him back to his 2018 self. He is a true lockdown corner who should fit in nicely with Simmons and Jackson. With these new additions, as well as having slot cornerback Bryce Callahan, the Broncos Secondary should be a strength of the team.