DENVER — It was unlikely Bradley Roby would return to the Broncos. Monday, those prospects nosedived to zero percent after Denver signed free agent Kareem Jackson to a three-year, $33-million deal with $23 million guaranteed. Roby signed a one-year, $10-million contract with Houston on Tuesday, per sources.
Roby produced huge moments for the Broncos over his career, especially during the Super Bowl 50 run. However, he struggled as a starter last season as the No. 2 corner after excelling in his nickelback role. Roby drew interest from the Browns and Steelers, but settled on a one-year, $10-million deal with Houston. This allows Roby to reset his market value.
Essentially, he traded places with Jackson. The Broncos showed little interest in bringing Roby back. Jackson was coveted by Broncos coach Vic Fangio for his physical style of play and sound tackling. He is considered a hybrid because of his ability to play safety. Jackson has 27 pass breakups over the past two seasons.
Roby had a knack for the big play early in his career, forcing a fumble in the AFC divisional playoff game against the Steelers and executing a scoop-and-score in a dramatic road win over the Kansas City Chiefs.