ENGLEWOOD — New Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson's versatility provides coach Vic Fangio with options. Lot of options.
Jackson, signed to a three-year, $33 million, can play cornerback, nickel back and safety.
"From week to week, we'll be able to line him up where we feel he best fits to defend the team we're playing," Fangio said on Friday. "He's smart enough to learn all the different positions. He's proven in games and on tape that he can execute the positions — not just know what to do, but play them competitively and at a high level.
"It's a big advantage."
Jackson, 30, will replace departed cornerback Bradley Roby, who signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans.
Jackson played the first nine years of his career with the Texans. Last season, Jackson tallied a career-high 87 tackles, two interceptions and 17 pass break-ups (third in the NFL).
The Texans, though, did not express interest in signing him to a third contact so he hit the market for the first time in his career.
"To be honest, it was a little more chill than I expected it to be," Jackson said when asked about his anxiety level. "I understand how the business goes. Sometimes, chapters end and you have to start a new chapter. ... For me, it's all about being a piece of the puzzle to help accomplish all of the goals we have as a team."
A veteran of 124 career starts, Jackson began 2018 as a safety before injuries moved him back to cornerback.
Bill Bowlen case update
In Arapahoe County District Court on Friday, Judge Charles Pratt ruled on three motions in the case involving Bill Bowlen (brother of Pat) against the three trustees who run the Broncos (president/CEO Joe Ellis, team counsel Rich Slivka and Denver attorney Mary Kelly).
Bill Bowlen's motion to dismiss the NFL's potential involvement was denied. The trustees believe this is an "ownership" matter and thus falls under the league's bylaws and can be ruled on by the league.
Pratt denied Bill Bowlen's motion regarding the trustees' legal fees, which means Ellis, Slivka and Kelly, as agents for Pat Bowlen, can still have their fees paid out of trustees' coffer.
And Pratt denied a motion by the trustees to dismiss Bill Bowlen's case, thus allowing the matter to proceed in court.
In October, Bill Bowlen brought suit against the trustees' requesting the court remove them from power. A part of the trustees' response in November was requesting the NFL arbitrate the dispute with Pat's two oldest children, Beth Bowlen Wallace and Amie Bowlen Klemmer.
During his Super Bowl Week press conference in late January, commissioner Roger Goodell said he "may be involved," in arbitration. Bowlen Wallace and Bowlen Klemmer, in a December response to the trustees, said they would ask Goodell to recuse himself if the NFL accepted the arbitration request.
Per a league source, the Broncos hosted free agent cornerback Bryce Callahan on Friday. When Fangio was the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator, Callahan was his nickel corner. In 45 career games, Callahan has four interceptions.
The Broncos re-signed their first unrestricted free agent of the week, agreeing to a two-year contract with tight end Jeff Heuerman.
Heuerman, 26, made a career-high 31 catches last year but didn't play after Week 12 because of a rib/lung injury sustained against Pittsburgh. He was a third-round pick in 2015 who missed his rookie year because of a torn ACL.
"We think he's coming on," general manager John Elway said. "Hopefully, he can stay healthy."
Outside linebacker Shaq Barrett signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay Times reported the deal was worth $4 million.
Barrett, who left the Broncos in search of a chance to start, will get that opportunity with the Buccaneers in a competition with Noah Spence.