Kareem Jackson hopes his time in Houston isn't over. Jackson, 26, is set to hit free agency this offseason after spending his entire NFL career as a Texan.
"I'd definitely love to be a Texan for the remainder of my career so we'll just have to see how things go in the offseason," Jackson said on Texans Radio on December 17.
Jackson, considered one of the Texans leaders on defense, can't help but reflect on how far he's come. Selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 Draft, Jackson went through highs and lows throughout his five years as a Texan. The lows definitely came first as Jackson navigated his way through a steep learning curve while starting every game as a rookie. The veteran cornerback says he thinks about his career often, especially when helping younger players on the team.
"It's definitely been a process and to come all this way, I mean, it's been a great thing for me in my career," Jackson said. "At the same time, I've definitely had some pieces and some guys that have helped me, such as Johnathan (Joseph) and the coaches here. I'm just excited. To come so far and be in the situation that I am, I just see it as all opportunity."
Jackson finished his contract year with three interceptions, nine passes defensed, one quarterback hit, four TFLs, and 57 tackles despite missing three games with a knee injury.
"I'd definitely love to be back, you know," Jackson said Sunday. "At the end of the day, I understand the business side of it. For me, I just have to sit back and just see what happens. Hopefully, I am wearing the Texans colors next year, but like I said, I definitely understand what is at stake."