The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed safety Dexter Jackson on Friday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jackson, 27, has played in 78 career games (48 starts) since entering the NFL in 1999 as a fourth-round draft pick out of Florida State.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Jackson is best known for earning Super Bowl XXXVII honors after he intercepted two passes en route to a 48-21 win over the Oakland Raiders.

After four years with Tampa Bay, Jackson, whose rookie contract expired after the 2002 season, signed a five-year, $14 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Jackson had an impressive debut with the Cardinals in 2003, notching 105 tackles and a career-high six interceptions. But he suffered a lowerback injury during the 2004 offseason and was released by Arizona in October.

Time to heal and Tampa Bay’s need for a safety gave Jackson the opportunity to re-join the Buccaneers on Nov. 17. He appeared in six games (one start) and recorded 25 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defensed. His only start came in the regular season finale against his former team. Jackson recorded eight tackles and one forced fumble in that contest.

Jackson has notched 325 tackles, 13 interceptions, 2.5 sacks, 38 passes defensed and five forced fumbles during his six-year career.

The Quincy, Florida native is expected to compete with second-year S Will Allen for Tampa Bay’s starting strong safety spot, which was left vacant by Dwight Smith, who signed a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints earlier this offseason.

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