How the Texans nearly lost, then kept Kareem Jackson in free agency
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
Wednesday, Feb. 25
Houston is overcast and foggy, stuck in a dragged-out winter. Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson pulls a black hoodie over his small but muscular frame – the sweatshirt bears his new “Fly Guy” clothing-line logo – and steps onto a top-floor hotel balcony overlooking Rice University and the Museum District.
“This is what I’ve worked for my whole life, to be in this situation and make this decision and … possibly be set for life,” Jackson said. “It won’t just be about money. It has to be the right fit for me, scheme-wise and coaches. I just want to be with a great organization and just have a chance to win a championship.”
Andre Johnson stood in the same hotel less than three months ago, saying the city was his. In five days, a franchise-best wide receiver who devoted 12 years to the Texans will ask to be released or traded.
While Jackson moves from room to room, changing clothes and discussing his life, Baltimore releases receiver Jacoby Jones, an ex-Texan.
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