Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson is set to become a free agent this spring, and the team is reportedly unlikely to use the franchise tag on him.
The Texans have not used the franchise tag on any player since the 2008 season, when they gave the designation to cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Jackson has played five seasons with the Texans after the team drafted him in the first round back in 2010, and he recently finished out a five-year $13.1 million contract. The 26-year-old has been a starter all five seasons he's been in the NFL.
Last season for the Texans, Jackson recorded 57 tackles with three interceptions. In 2012 he ended the season with 53 tackles and a career-high four picks and 16 passes defended.
Houston finished 9-7 in 2014 and in second place in the AFC South.
- Jack Jorgensen