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April 13, 2012 @ 12:03 pm
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No Surprise, Jackson Reunites With Allen And Morris In Washington

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Four days after his release in Tampa, former Bucs' safety Tanard Jackson has signed a deal with the Washington Redskins that will reunite him with Raheem Morris who now coaches the Redskins' secondary.
Tanard Jackson told PewterReport.com on the day of release that he would love to play for former head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Bruce Allen again. Friday morning Jackson got his wish and signed a deal with the Washington Redskins.

“I would definitely be open to rejoining with Bruce Allen – Mr. Allen – and Coach Morris up there,” Jackson, a Maryland native, told PewterReport.com shortly after his release on Tuesday. “But there is no guarantee with that just because he (Allen) drafted me and I played with Coach Morris. I’m just going to keep my eyes open and see whatever the best situation is for me and I’ll take.”

Jackson’s release on Tuesday was officially for a failed physical. And while Jackson did in fact have offseason shoulder surgery, the underlying reason was thought to be Jackson’s lack of dedication to the rehab process and his missing of the first week of voluntary mini-camp that began April 2.

“As an organization we have decided to terminate – with a failed physical – Tanard Jackson,” Dominik told the media on Tuesday. “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.”

“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. 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 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.

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.

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    As the ETrade baby would say, "Let me show you my shocked face." TJack had a great game against the Saints and after that wasn't much better than Sean Jones. I hope the young man is able to resurrect his once promising career.
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    Good luck to you T-Jack and I am rooting for you unless you are playing the Bucs.
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    Look what a mess Urban Myer made of the Florida Gator program by giving special treatment to elite players who broke the rules and the law by smoking weed! It killed the chemistry of the team, and it has taken Muschamp, a coach who believes in emphasizing good character, over a year to clean up the mess and get the Gator program back on track. Schiano is the same kind of coach as Muschamp, and I am glad he let TJack go. I would love it if he would trade a particular underachieving CB now while he can still get something for him before he gets convicted by a Jury. We don't need to keep any bad apples that can ruin the barrel and keep the Bucs' spiraling down to the bottom of the NFL. Schiano sent a message by letting TJack go, who did not produce last year anywhere close to what he did before he wasted his career on weed.
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    Why didnt you just trade him and atleast got a seventh if not a 4th round pick smh he will be ready by preseason game four . (oo)blank stare
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    Big mistake letting him go, just another hole to fill on Defense. Need all new secondary!!! Sign T.O. and make me feel better!!!!
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    Good for T-Jack and good for the Redskins. M. Shanahan (sp?), B. Allen, R. Morris and T. Jackson all have a chance to rebuild their reputations this season. I'm no Redskins fan but I like to see people make the best of 2nd chances. Although I don't know how many chances this makes for Shanahan and Allen but I count more than 2.
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    JayBuc52 - Nice!
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    So what changed during the time after he was resigned?
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    Good for Rah. Now he'll have someone to go clubbing with in DC
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    Raheem Morris was fired for a reason. GUys like Jackson and Talib, who let the team and organization as whole, down and basically screwed them over with there stupiditiy of the field and Raheem continued to let them play without team disciplinary actions. Raheem was going to let this team get the label of young thugs. Now he's gone, Schiano has a different philosophy, and its similar to Bellichiks. He's not going to let talent outweigh character, image, and lockerroom distractions.
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