Broncos plug holes in secondary, offensive line


Houston Texans strong safety Kareem Jackson (25) celebrates his interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Houston. (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

The Denver Broncos are bolstering their secondary after releasing safety Darian Stewart. The Broncos are expected to sign free agent defensive back Kareem Jackson to a three-year, $33 million deal when free agency official begins Wednesday.

The Broncos also are expected to make former Miami Dolphins right tackle Ju’Wuan James the highest paid right tackle in the league. James is expected to sign a four-year, $51 million contract that includes $32 million in guarantees.

Jackson is a hard-hitter who played both cornerback and safety for the Houston Texans the last nine seasons. The 30-year-old DB is coming off his best season as a pro. He posted 87 tackles, broke up 17 passes and forced two fumbles last season, all of which were career bests.

Jackson’s deal is expected to include $23 million in guaranteed money.

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