Tanard Jackson’s time in Tampa Bay has come to an end.
Jackson, who has started in the secondary — when he wasn’t suspended — since the day he arrived in Tampa as a fourth-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft, was released by the Bucs today.
The team announced that General Manager Mark Dominik made the move, and that Jackson’s official designation on the NFL’s transaction wire will be “terminated/failed physical.” It is not clear what kind of injury or illness caused Jackson to fail a physical.
Dominik said Jackson has no pending league issues, that as far as he knows Jackson has not failed a drug test, and that Jackson’s previous suspensions have nothing to do with the team’s decision to cut him. Jackson was suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, then was suspended indefinitely two games into the 2010 season for another violation. He was reinstated after five weeks of the 2011 season and immediately re-entered the Bucs’ starting lineup.
But Jackson was one of the many young players in Tampa Bay who was often criticized for failing to develop on the field, and his missed tackles were a major problem for the Bucs’ defense. The Bucs were willing to look past Jackson’s problems off the field, but they couldn’t accept his flaws on the field.