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Redskins would welcome Tanard Jackson back “with open arms”

Tanard Jackson, Kris Adams AP

Safety Tanard Jackson was signed by the Redskins in April of 2012, but never played a game with the team because he was suspeded for a year after violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Jackson will be eligible for reinstatement just before the start of the regular season and the Redskins will get a roster exemption of a few weeks to decide whether or not to put Jackson on the roster. That decision will obviously have much to do with how Jackson looks once he’s allowed to resume practicing with the team and with what the team’s other safeties do in training camp and the preseason, but defensive coordinator Jim Haslett certainly sounds like he’s eager to get the chance to make that decision.

“Obviously if we got Tanard back, you know that’s another bonus because he’s a heck of a football player. I don’t know where that stands with the NFL, but we’d welcome [him] back with open arms,” Haslett said, via Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com.

The best case for the Redskins would be for Jackson to truly be a bonus to the secondary. That would mean Brandon Meriweather is healthy and rookies Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo are ready to take on regular season roles, among other questions to be answered at training camp. That would make it incumbent on Jackson to force his way onto the roster, a much better scenario than the Redskins needing to count on a player a strike away from a lifetime ban for a significant place on their defense.

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11 Responses to “Redskins would welcome Tanard Jackson back “with open arms””
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Jun 16, 2013 3:01 PM

    We’re a family here in the Capital city. If Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen want you on the roster, you are a great NFL player. God Bless the Washington REDSKINS. #BurgundyandGoldStandard

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jun 16, 2013 3:03 PM

    Best secondary in professional football – DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, David Amerson, Richard Crawford, Brandon Merriweather, Tenard Jackson, Bicarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas. Passing attacks around the league TREMBLE before this unit. #TheREDSKINSareUNBEATABLE

  3. FlyFromTheInside says: Jun 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    Thanks but no thanks. Too much of a risk. Plus Rambo and Thomas are the future. Pass

  4. onermedboxer says: Jun 16, 2013 3:11 PM

    The only reason he would still have a job is because of his former and current coach Raheem Morris, and the guy who drafted him, Bruce Allen

    One of my favorite players while in Tampa, TJack could really lay the wood (check his hit on Dallas Clark). At one point, I thought he had all the potential in the world.
    But this man has some sort of problem, he has faced suspension after suspension for banned substances, and has show no signs that he will ever stop.

    TL;DR – Great player, squandered potential

  5. fxg0201 says: Jun 16, 2013 4:00 PM

    Who is this hall of famer you guys are talking about. I dont even recognize his name. Keep it classy deadskins.
    #flyeaglesfly

  6. zeigler2010 says: Jun 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    Best secondary in the league?? lol um……..no. Brandon Merriweather is overrated and hasn’t been what he “was” since NE let him go. While T JAX is good, he’s a crack head who can’t stay on the field. D Hall is a solid CB who had one really good season with the Redskins. I hardly think anyone trembles against your secondary; you ranked 30th in passing D and both our receivers burned your secondary for 100+ each. (Tampa) If anything, it’s your front seven that is really good. The secondary is your teams weakness.

  7. snookau says: Jun 16, 2013 4:18 PM

    He’s trash, Redskins fans. Move on. You’re better off without him.

  8. hitmeimopen says: Jun 16, 2013 7:14 PM

    I have read Logical’s posts for many months and always have felt they are benign and even warmhearted at times…not so much any more.

  9. hitmeimopen says: Jun 16, 2013 7:16 PM

    From a purely humanitarian viewpoint, the last thing we should wish on Tanard is a lucrative NFL contract.

  10. officialgame says: Jun 16, 2013 7:58 PM

    Skelator would welcome back Ted Bundy if it meant an extra win.

  11. bucfan702 says: Jun 16, 2013 10:23 PM

    Wow this speak volumes of the Redskins organization. This guy has been one big weed pot since he has been in the league and the redskins can’t wait for him to pass the blunt in the locker room. Mr. Ricky Williams Jr.

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