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April 10, 2012 @ 10:03 am
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In A Surprising Move, Bucs Release FS Jackson

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday they have released safety Tanard Jackson after failing a physical. Jackson's released was not related to his part trouble with substance abuse according to general manager Mark Dominik.
The Buccaneers announced today they have released safety Tanard Jackson after failing a physical. Jackson had shoulder surgery in January and was not rehabbing the injury as diligently as possible and missed the first week of the team's offseason program, which began on April 2.

“As an organization we have decided to terminate – with a failed physical – Tanard Jackson,” Dominik said. “This was a decision we decided to make for the football team and just for our organization. We obviously talked to Tanard today and wished him the best on his future endeavors and with his next organization, but it’s something we felt like we wanted to do and needed to do.”

Jackson rejoined the Buccaneers last October 11 after serving a 56-week suspension for violation of the leagues substance abuse policy that caused him to miss 19 games. The suspension was Jackson’s second of his career. Dominik made it clear the release was in no way drug related or related to past issues with failed drug tests. In 2011, Jackson was second on the team with two interceptions, in addition to posting 46 tackles, one tackle for loss, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery after returning to action against New Orleans.

Jackson entered the league with the Buccaneers as a fourth-round pick (106th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft. For his career, Jackson started 56 games recording 324 tackles, 10 interceptions, five forced fumbles, two sacks and two touchdowns.

“What is important to us as an organization is the growth of our football players and how the handle the on and off the field (stuff) to become the best Buccaneer possible,” Dominik said. “That’s what we’re looking for. To become the best Buccaneer possible – that’s what growth is. We want the growth of this football team to accelerate – and that’s what this is about.”

Jackson, who signed a one-year contract extension last year, was scheduled to earn $2 million in base salary and this move clears an additional $2 million in salary cap space.

The move leaves the Bucs thin at the safety position with only Cody Grimm, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury, along with unproven players in Ahmad Black, Larry Asante and Devin Holland. Tampa Bay could also move recently re-signed cornerback Ronde Barber to safety as he does have some experience playing the position.

– Scott Reynolds contributed to this story
Last modified on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:45
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    I've got mixed emotions about this move. I like how Schiano and Dominik are settin standards and sticking to them but T-Jack was a great player when healthy. Ultimately though this was T-Jack's fault. I'm sure if he was doing everything he was being asked to do in order to rehab from the injury he would still be on the team.
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    What a shame that a player many thought was one of the best on the team has allowed his career to take this course. His play during that Saints game was phenomenal. That's when Dominik thought it best to extend him a year at what he probably thought would be at a bargain rate. After that showing it was all downhill for TJack. If those games last season were an indication of the level of Jackson's play he is certainly expendable. Plus, I believe the move was designed to make a point. Let's hope #25 and a few others were paying attention.
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    Mark my words Talib is next! It's time to put the hammer down on these over paid, immature babies and clean up the garbage at one Buc place. I'm glad schiano is doing this the right way unlike the other college coaches who made the jump to the NFL. I hope this wakes everyone up in that locker room. It's time to start making these clowns earn their paychecks.
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    I am thinking more and more that after the draft, we will be picking up a couple of free agents from Rutgers. At least they would be versed with Schiano's system.
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    It looks like three strikes to me. I love TJAX like everyone else does, but the drugs, the failed physical, and failure to report to camp when there is a new staff in place when you have already been screwing up the team by being suspended for 10games. What good is he to us WHEN he messes up again. They were looking for him to hang himself and he did just that. He is SUPPOSED to set an example for the youth to follow & not coming to voluntary workouts, when you know there is new coaches show no urgency to win. Thats what they r looking for and they showed that it doesnt matter how thin we r @ any position, ur butt is on the line. Great message coach. AGAIN I AM A HUGE TJAX FAN, BUT MY BOY HAS TO LEARN TO BE A MAN AND GROW THE EFF UP! One more drug offense & hes out the league. DO U TAKE THAT CHANCE ON ANY GUY, NOT ME.
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    scarface13, well put and I agree.
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    Well said sir.
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    I don't have a problem with the move, but it leaves another hole to fill. I guess safety has just been added to the needs come draft day. However, a safety might come available after the draft. The secondary is definately thin.
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    Good for Schiano. Although Jackson probably would have been on the team had he been 'healthy,' but clearly sending a message that lack of effort and dedication on and off the field, regardless of status, will not be tolerated. To quote TB times, "Jackson had not handled his rehabilitation to the Buccaneers satisfaction." Having had the surgery back in January and having had plenty of time to make a strong effort through rehabilitation but apparently not having done so is a character we do not need on this team. Especially on a defense that lacked mental and physical toughness last season.
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    Oct 28.2011 - TBT wrote that Tjak was given an extension. I know that is not a new contract but that was only a few months ago. Definitely, not enough time to reevaluate him or go in with a clean slate as Sciano has been saying. I know they are telling us he hasn't failed a drug test, but it just seems weird. Failed physical? Really??? There's not enough time to be in shape for camp? Dominik is looking like Jekyll/Hyde to me. Its not like we have a ton of DB depth here. http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/content/extending-tanard-jacksons-contract-gives-bucs-more-certainty-safety
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    Ok, so you drop him but why so close to the draft and show your hand?
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    all this says to me is ronde is moving to free and grimm will be back at strong and they are planning on morris claiborne with the 5th pick
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    I don't see us picking up any free agent DBs worth anything at this point. Trust me we don't want Barron from Bama he's injury prone and we would never trade down that far anyway. What sucks is we pretty much have no choice but to draft Claiborne. Hopefully Dom has some kind of plan because excluding our DLine, our entire defense is very thin....
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    T-jak will get picked up by someone else & go to multiple Pro-Bowls LOL
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    This move is all Schiano. He's just sent a huge message to the locker room that no one is safe, that everyone needs to step up and bring their A game to the table. The only reason they did it was because Jackson was an easy target (any player without his record probably just gets a stern talking-to and possibly a small fine, not a release) but it'll be effective nonetheless. I agree with whoever suggested on Facebook that the Bucs should go out and sign Jim Leonhard to replace him. Yes, he's injury prone, but he's got the type of warrior mentality that Schiano clearly loves and he won't cost much more than Jackson was going to.
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    tpeluso, I don't believe that there is any message being sent here other than he failed his physical after shoulder surgery which tells me that the shoulder will never be as strong as it was before the injury. That's why I was asking if this allows him to collect disability since the injury occurred while playing in a game.
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    Schiano is going to establish DISCIPLINE and that NOBODY is bigger than the team. I'm willing to bet he didn't display the dedication coach was looking for and thus...you see what happens.
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    tpeluso, now that they have updated this article since 10:03 AM, I agree with you. PR how about atleast issuing a new article instead of adding on to it? It makes it confusing to make a comment.
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    I like the move. It sends a message that no one is safe. A guy that just got extended with pro bowl talent, but street corner brains was made an example of. He wasn't giving 100% and now everyone knows. Just don't like the addition of another huge hole it leaves on the defense. The draft isn't filled with great safeties nor is FA so it looks like a high pick or a trade my be used.
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    cettue, do you have information that none of us have received? He failed his physical after surget on his shoulder. I think he is due some kind of compensation since it was in an NFL Game.
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    The article even states he "was not rehabbing the injury as diligently as possible and missing the first week of the teams offseason program"
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    cettrue, they updated and revised the article that was released at 10:03 am. none of that information was there when I read it; it was a much shorter version.
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    As much as I would like to take the luxury Trent Richardson with the 5th pick, defense it is. 1. CB MoMo Claiborne LSU 2. SS Harrison Smith ND 3. LB Mychal Kendricks CAL 5. CB/FS Thrumaine Johnson Montana 6. RB/Return Specialist Chris Rainey FL 7. FB Bradie Ewing WIS
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    probowl potential but he's a dumbass like Talib get rid of both of them
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    jongruden, he injured his shoulderwhile playing in an NFL Game and failed his physical after the surgery; why does that make him a dumbass?
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    Didn't Dominik just give him a new contract? Do we know what we're doing? I don't think Dominik is around much longer. I don't have a problem getting rid of Tjak but it is interesting that someone you just resigned after 2 stints with drug problems gets cut with a new coach. I think Dom's grip is slipping. Are there any potential GM's that we will be stealing away from the Giants? Ha!
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    scohad, it was reported that Jackson had a contract thru Oct 2012; I am not aware of an extention.
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    I would trade down with San Diego and pick up a 3rd pick this year and a 3rd next year and draft Baron the Safety from Alabama.
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    Wow, he had pro bowl potential.
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    Hope the Bucs already have someone else in mind to replace him with!
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    If you fail the physical does that mean you can collect diability from the NFLPA?
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    For some reason, I give Schiano credit for making this move over Dominik.
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