Safety Tanard Jackson was cut by the Buccaneers this week, but he wasn’t out of work for long.
The Redskins announced this morning that they have signed Jackson, and the team posted a picture of Jackson putting pen to paper on his contract.
Jackson is a natural fit in Washington because of his relationship with Raheem Morris, who as the Buccaneers’ head coach was willing to stick with Jackson despite repeated off-field problems. Morris is now the Redskins’ defensive backs coach, so he’ll be working individually with Jackson.
In five seasons with the Buccaneers Jackson started 56 games, but he was twice suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. In announcing the decision to cut Jackson this week, Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik said the team wasn’t pleased with Jackson’s growth on or off the field.
Jackson missed far too many tackles last season, but he says he’ll be a better tackler once he has fully recovered from a shoulder injury that caused him to struggle last season. The Bucs cited that shoulder injury in saying he was released because of a failed physical, but Jackson says his rehab is going well and he’ll be good to go this year.