Tanard Jackson Is Back

October 11th, 2011

No doubt celebratory bongs are gurgling across the Tampa Bay area as BSPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter spreads news that suspended Bucs safety Tanard Jackson has been reinstated to the NFL.

@AdamSchefter – Filed to ESPN Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson, who had served a suspension for over one year, has been reinstated, per NFL source.
Great news for the 26-year-old Jackson, who gets another shot at restoring his career — and his bank account. And this return means he’s at least met the conditions of reinstatement per the terms of the NFL substance abuse policy, as well as Roger Goodell’s scrutiny.
Now as for Jackson returning to the Bucs, Joe’s not jumping up and down in celebration (or eating hash brownies) at the possibility. Jackson can’t be counted on, and he’s been off the field for 13 months.
But given Cody Grimm’s injury and Raheem Morris’ relationship with Jackson, Joe suspects Jackson will find his way on the Bucs’ roster soon and maybe even in the starting lineup after the bye in Week 9.

23 Responses to “Tanard Jackson Is Back”

  1. Kirk Says:

    I am glad he is back. Now lay off the “wacky-tobacky”.

  2. Achetti813 Says:

    Thank god he’s back. Does anyone else think that corey lynch was a huge liability against the pass. this brings back some defensive swagger anythings better than what we have at this point

  3. MichiganBucsFan Says:

    That’s awesome, if he can return to his former self he’s our best player in the secondary imo

  4. Bobby Says:

    Love his play but he is a teammate that really can’t be counted on to be there for the long haul. I look at him the same way I look at Talib, use him on the field but make sure you have contingency plans in place.

  5. Nick2 Says:

    Damn I love this if we can get he and Sean Jones working together ANYTIME soon I will be happy. Much better than watching Corey Lynch stumble around while Hall of Famer Alex Smith shreads us all day long. In fact I know nobody else here agrees but as soon as he is in half decent shape get him out on that field!!!!!!! How much worse can it be than 48 to to blasted 3?????????

  6. Garv Says:

    He gets another chance.
    Sign him up today, get him in shape and to practice and get him in uniform after the bye.

    HEAR ME?

  7. Nick2 Says:

    Oh and T Jack is no Aqib Talib. One is a complete hot head and the other a complete pot head. I’ll take the pot head over the hot head because HOPEFULLY this time he has learned his lesson and stands to make a boat load of cash while Talib will never learn and keeps firing and slapping cab drivers. Just my opinion…. I hope I am right.

  8. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    He doesn’t count against the roster for 3 weeks I believe, so they have time to get him re-oriented and see what they have before having to release anyone.

  9. bucfanjeff Says:

    He can’t be relied on, period. That said, he’s better in average shape than Lynch, so we need him for all that we can have him for.
    Get him in football shape and get his ass out there.

    I think we’re going to draft a safety in round 1 or 2 next year anyway, so let’s use him while we can. The fall back is Lynch. Grimm is done.

  10. Brain Says:

    Lynch was awful against SF. I agree that if Jackson is even in average shape he’s better than Lynch, but I’d start Asante this week.

  11. flmike Says:

    We get him roster spot free for a few weeks. See what shape he’s in, hand him a playbook, work him out. If he’s in shape and ready to go after the bye, put him in the lineup, we need the help.

  12. patrickbucs Says:

    well said Bobby

  13. Patrick Says:

    Who cares? Jackson is on the roster so let’s play him. Our secondary sucks right now so I think we could use him. We’re seeing flashes of the Jim Bates defense again. I’m sure he’s been working out and preparing to be reinstated for a while.

  14. Pete Dutcher Says:

    @flmike Says:
    We get him roster spot free for a few weeks.

    Not saying you are wrong here, but can you explain this to me? It’s a bit of information I wasn’t aware of.

    As to Tanard…I look at it this way. Give him one last shot…it costs use nothing. If he messes up, it still costs us nothing.

    And make him earn the starting spot. It’ll be nice to have competition there. And he might try harder knowing Grimm Reaper is knocking on his door come next season.

    Best of all…if he does well, we can resign him at the end of the year for a lot less than if he hadn’t been suspended.

  15. stimpy Says:

    Ill spark one up for my hommie….

    He wont play right away, but at least we should have an improved secondary at some point.

    How sad that im half excited getting this guy back…wow! Can we get some better DB’s or CB’s next year…please!

  16. Horice Says:

    Im glad he is back. Hopefully he will take this next chance seriously, the team seriously needs him. My hope is that he kept in shape and can contribute very soon.

  17. BamBamBuc Says:

    Pete – I haven’t heard if it’s official or not, but many times when a team has a player returning from suspension mid-season, the team gets a “roster exemption” for a short period (usually 2 weeks) to allow the team to get him in physical condition and make a decision on whether to keep him or cut him. The Bucs will probably get this exemption, but if they choose to move him to the active roster, the exemption is immediately revoked. It’s a practice only exemption.

    Anyone saying “give him one more chance”…. trust me, that’s not the team’s choice. If he’s back, he’s only got one more chance regardless. Another hot piss test and he’s done. League’s decision, not the team. My opinion… what have we got to lose? He’s not getting paid a huge chunk of cash. If he fails again, they don’t even have to cut him, he’s done. If he plays like he did pre-suspension we have a huge addition to our secondary.

    Seriously, who would you have rather had covering Delaney Walker or Vernon Davis (both of whom scored against us). Tanard Jackson? or Corey Lynch? or maybe rookie MLB Mason Foster? or 7th round draft choice Dekoda Watson? I think I’d rather have the playmaker on the field making plays against good TEs. And the guy can hit too.

  18. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    T Jack should provide a significant improvement. Grimm wasn’t exactly lighting it up bad pun but yeah Cody wasn’t playing that great before he got hurt, I’ve said all along that Grimm is on borrowed time. T Jack is significantly faster, quicker, better vertical, and he hits like a train. Please don’t let this be one of those get my hopes up and he comes back a wreck on the field. Rah if anyone can coach him up and get him out there quick its you man! You did much better with alot less in the past, we need your best this weekend for sure!

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    I agree with the Brain above. After watching Cory Lynch on Sunday, get T Jax back right now, not next week, not five minutes from now, but right freakin Now!

  20. Fernando Says:

    He’s in football shape, he’s been practicing in Syracuse. He’s better thananyone we have right now.
    Play him!!

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    If he can catch a ball thrown directly at him, then he just may be better than the rest of our secondary.

  22. MichiganBucsFan Says:

    lol Hawaiian Buc, the sad part is the truth in statement

  23. Bangkok Buc Says:

    I do not think that Lynch is playing that great at all but Jones has been more of a liability and his recent cheap shots have hurt the team further. I would not be surprised if they keep Lynch in and replace Jones for Tanard. Either way, I sure hope it improves the secondary because they are reallt hurting with the Lynch/Jones duo.