Broncos safety Kareem Jackson was released on Tuesday after his exemption expired. Jackson has accumulated fines of $89,670 this season for repeated unnecessary roughness violations.
The 14-year veteran was suspended twice this year and banned for two games. One was for a hit to the head on Luke Musgrave of the Packers. This suspension lasted two games. The other was for a blow to the dome of Minnesota’s Josh Dobbs, costing the defensive captain four games.
„I’ve been told I’m responsible for protecting the attacking guys,“ Jackson recently said at a charity event for his foundation, as reported by ESPN. „So I’m not really sure how to protect myself, make plays, and protect them as well. And I’m not really sure what I’m going to do in the future to play this game.“
Regardless of what happens with Jackson in the future, there are a few things that are certain. Jackson must play by all of the NFL’s rules, even if they are unclear to him and other players, otherwise he cannot play at all. If he hopes to play again, he will need to be picked up by someone else willing to take a risk on him, or hope that the Broncos can reach an agreement with him. Jackson signed a one-year contract with the Broncos this offseason worth up to $2.67 million.
According to ESPN, head coach Sean Payton said in recent days, „We’ll figure out how to deal with it,“ when asked about Jackson’s possible return to the squad.