Apparently after two games back Tanard Jackson has impressed general manager Mark Dominik enough to warrant a raise for the remainder of the season plus have his deal extended through the 2012 season, according to published reports by ESPN'S NFC South blogger Pat Yansinkas.
The new raise will bump his salary to $1 million for 2011 and could be worth as much as $3 million in 2012 if Jackson meets certain incentives, including a $200,000 roster bonus and a $50,000 bonus per game played.
Jackson, who missed 56 straight weeks after being suspended by the NFL for violation of their substance abuse policy, was reinstated Oct. 12 by the league and activated to the Buccaneers' 53-man roster just four days later. His impact was immediate as he started Tampa Bay’s next game, a 26-20 upset win against New Orleans Oct. 16, and recorded a key interception of Drew Brees. In last week’s 24-18 loss in London to the Bears, Jackson picked off Chicago’s Jay Cutler but injured his hamstring on the return.
In just two games, Jackson has recorded six tackles, two interceptions and has two passes defensed.
Jackson, whose marijuana use has repeatedly gotten him into trouble throughout his brief professional career, had been the starter for the Bucs at free safety since his first game as a rookie. In the 12 games he played in during the 2009 season prior to his suspension, Jackson recorded 85 tackles, a career-high five interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and scored two defensive touchdowns. In the two games he played in during the 2010 campaign, Jackson recorded 13 tackles with two tackles for a loss and one fumble recovery. In his Tampa Bay career, Jackson has 278 tackles, 29 passes defensed, eight interceptions, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, two defensive touchdowns and one sack.
Jackson's suspension began on Sept. 22, 2010, and he was eligible to apply for reinstatement 60 days prior to that date this year. Jackson was suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season for violating the league's policy on substance abuse for the second time.