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October 27, 2011 @ 8:40 pm
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Dominik Showing Faith In Jackson, Extends His Contract Through 2012

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Two games back was all it took for Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik to lock up potential unrestricted free agent safety Tanard Jackson. Jackson's new contract has incentives that could make his deal worth nearly $3 million in 2012.

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.

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    alright now!! Go Bucs
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    Glad we extended his deal. I think it was quite clear the difference in our secondary play when he is in the game. Hopefully he can be healthy for the Saints game after the bye week.
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    What a smart move. Way to go Dominik and way to to T-Jack!
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    Nice move by the Bucs, now the only thing left to do is FIRE GREG OLSON.
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    All he's got to do is love the game more than weed, that's all. I agree with the nature of the contract, he deserves it, as he is immediately the best player on defense as soon as he steps onto the field.
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    Tanard is the NFL best safety in the game. Reed and Troy are old, T jack is in his prime. When he plays he is a game changer. He is hands down the beat player on the team. Smart move. Let home prove himself then give him the long contract
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    I think this is a good deal for all. Go Bucs!
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    DEbucsfan- Please say your joking i would hate to think some people are that feeble minded
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