Tanard Jackson Released

April 10th, 2012

The saga of Tanard Jackson and the Bucs came to a conclusion when the Bucs parted ways with the talented yet troubled safety today, releasing him, per Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, so he Twittered this morning.

@RCummingsTrib: Bucs have released S Tanard Jackson, failed physical.

Joe is not going to speculate what part of the physical Jackson failed. Unless that is released, and per HIPAA laws likely cannot be, there is no way to know short of what Jackson states.

Jackson was down to his last strike after being suspended twice for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. One more failed test, and he will be banned from the NFL for life.

This move weakens an already weak secondary. Ronde Barber likely is in his last year. Aqib Talib likely is in his last year if he plays at all. Cody Grimm is trying to recover from a second season-ending leg injury in as many years.

Secondary must be addressed in the draft by the Bucs, and probably early in the draft.

76 Responses to “Tanard Jackson Released”

  1. SensibleBuc Says:


  2. Buc Neckid Says:

    Next is Talib,
    After we draft M. Claiborne

  3. bucbelevr Says:

    Like the police light…deal, with the “developing”…effective @Joe.

  4. bucbelevr Says:

    Next, Talib….would be GOOD for Bucs to make that character statement. To future, and current players–regardless of talent.

  5. Posey99 Says:

    Barber to safety and morris to CB

  6. BonesMahoney Says:

    Jackson was terrible last year and can’t stay off weed. Not sure how this weakens the secondary at all. I’m pretty sure if you took anyone that comments on this and put them at safety they wouldn’t miss as many tackles as Jackson did last year.

  7. SensibleBuc Says:

    Dom said it wasn’t drug related…

    Sad day men.

  8. legacy Says:

    Worst secondary in the NFL. Hopefully the d line plays great this year .

  9. Nick Says:

    Ronde can’t move to safety. Not with the way he blitzes from the nickle.

  10. passthebuc Says:

    Always remember you cannot progress without change.

  11. SensibleBuc Says:

    This throws the Draft all out of whack.

    Trading down to get an extra pick in the first 3-4 rounds is looking a little bit less crazy now.

  12. TpaBayFlyFisher Says:

    Fly suspects that Bucs will draft DBs and sign a FA S.

    BTW, heard Joe [Joe-2?] on the radio and must confess that LD has a voice made for print! Good information, but the ultra high frequency made the neighborhood dogs start yapping……….keep up the good work!

  13. Chris FWC Says:

    He was never right after the SWEET stick on Colts TE Dallas Clark.

  14. Big007hed Says:

    And T Rich selection fades away… thankfully

  15. SensibleBuc Says:


    I believe all the good FA safeties have been scooped up. Reggie Smith just signed with the Panties.

    …Bob Sanders & Melvin Bullitt are out there…lol


    Defensive head coach, critically depleted back 7.

    It’s interesting how much debate there is on how the draft will go. It’s seems pretty clear when you take a step back and look at this team.


    But it makes for lots of page hits, right Joe? 😉

  18. Eastflatbush buc Says:

    Damn! This is sad! I really liked TJack….major hole to be filled with his release. Major! TJack has the talent to be one of the best safeties in the league if tuned all the way in.Secondary looks just as bad as the linebacker corpse. That’s right,corpse,because they play as if dead. Huge blow.Hope Tanard all the best

  19. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Looks like Dom might need to hit the free agent pool for a veteran safety now. Best remaining are Atogwe and Bullitt.

  20. Architek Says:

    Big time blow to the secondary but great for the cleanup of the team. Safety just got more critical…

  21. Big007hed Says:

    Atogwe wouldn’t be bad…. Wish they spoke with Landry now

  22. Garv Says:

    Tannard just could not be counted on and it’s a damn shame.
    Time to move on. But I can’t help but wonder if that drug dealer mother
    of his is proud of herself. Sad tale of what could have been, very sad.

    The DRAFT!

  23. bucbelevr Says:

    Atogwe may be younger, but doesn’t Chris Crocker (recently cut by Bengals) have a meaner history on-field? Bigger too, right? For maybe a veteran 2-3 year patchwork back there…not sure about any character issues w/him??…

  24. Sandro Says:

    How about we release EJ Biggers now, the worst CB in the league

  25. bucfanjeff Says:

    This is no suprise. Regardless of reason, we all knew he was unreliable and could be cut at any moment.

  26. jvato24 Says:

    Draft Schmaft … GOOD Fing Luck … When Jackson was Healthy he was one of the scariest Safeties in the League as a Ball Hawk other than Ed Reed.

    This will probably Hurt for 1 -2 years until .. we get a replacement .. and the replacement is actually worth a Damn.

  27. deminion Says:


  28. jvato24 Says:

    So lets look at Starter as of Today ??

    Cody Grimm FS. Larry Asante SS.

    Ahmad Black #2 Devin Holland #2

    Ahmad Black has an uphill battle to make it in the NFL, he is even smaller than Grimm. A Safety I could see the Bucs target is Taylor for LSU in Rd 3. Safety also was a position of great importance to Schiano.

  29. SensibleBuc Says:


    No CLAIBORNE!!! post today?


  30. deminion Says:

    could hve bn a great player loved his gm but u hve to want to change

  31. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Obviously more to it than the “failed physical”. Could it be he was one of the “slackers” from last year? Film don’t lie.

  32. deminion Says:


    Tjack’s release should b everyone confirmation for……………………………………………………………………………….

    Claiborne!!!!! lol

  33. Paul Says:

    I thought Jackson was down to his last strike when he was consistently out of position and “loafing” last year.

  34. Big Marlon B Says:

    wow safety was already a pretty thin position. makes it that much harder to figure out what the draft day targets will be now. clear needs at LB, RB, CB, S, as well as depth at TE and OL and possibly a developmental QB. i sure hope Dominik has the inside scoop on some surprise post draft cuts (“the second draft”) that can be had on 1 year deals.

  35. BigBear Says:

    Ahmed Black is as big as Bob Sanders and he had an Ok career…. I like TJAck but heis play wasn’t right other than the first game back last year. He is impossible to count on as well. We can hope they draft someone, but Im also a bit high on the potential of Black and Holland. Both Free Safteies tho…need an SS.

  36. Jordon Says:

    Anybody know what Jackson salary # was this year? Does this give us some money to look at bringing in another FA veteran?

  37. deminion Says:

    @Joe who is gunna play safety what about Myron Lewis ???

  38. Bucfish Says:

    Rookie safeties rarely play effectively. I don’t think the answer for this year is the draft, though I’m not sure the Bucs have a choice. This year’s safety class is poor, but I do like that Harrison Smith kid out of ND. We may just have to bring Sean Jones back – I just threw up in my mouth a little after saying that…

  39. patrickbucs Says:

    wow did not see that happening! He played poorly last year but thought he had a good chance to bounce back with an offseason under his belt. They really need about 3-4 draft picks for lb’s and secondary now.

  40. deminion Says:

    i cnt stand sean jones tht guy gave up on the field last yr no way

  41. Meh Says:

    FYI, Crocker was cut for nasty medical issues. I don’t think he’s an option.


    Please no Sean Jones!!

    And just imagine if Goodell plunks Thuglib with a 8 game suspension. CB, S, and LB are at historically low levels.

  43. Meh Says:

    Jordon, this clears $3 mil in cap IIRC.

  44. raphael Says:

    2 down (jones & jackson) 2 to go (talib & biggers)……make it happen !!

  45. Bucfish Says:

    The Bucs can always call me to play safety. I’m 5′-10″ @ 235# and run about a 6.0 40! I wouldn’t be any worse than Sean Jones….dang, I just threw up in my mouth again!

  46. jvato24 Says:

    Yeah lets cut Biggers a guy who was a 7th round pick and has had good and bad moments, But atleast plays hard, but we will keep the 3rd Rd pick that cant even get a Helmet on gameday …

    If a player is not an all pro with an angel Halo over his head we should trade them or cut them right … Because all the good teams have 53 pro bowlers right ??

  47. jvato24 Says:

    Anyone who thinks we just cut Talib is a Moron.

    He is a Solid starter on the cheap for 1 more year. Maybe if he is free of charges the Redskins trade for him … Im ok with trading him but not releasing him.

  48. Capt. Tim Says:

    Either T- jack hit the weed again.

    Or ( I hope) Schiano is cleaning out the bad character!

    Adios Talib! 🙂

    And it was always Claiborne

    Only The sadly confused SteveK and even worse” motherhen” Hawaiian ever thought otherwise.

    And they are never right

  49. Kujolw Says:

    Seeing this makes me think we will be trading down no matter what to gain picks. If we can trade down twice in the 1st round(pull a Bill Belichick). Get some extra 2nd rounders and we could help are defense. Still think we should get L.Flecter now and draft CB in the 1st and Safety in the 2nd. Bringing in Fletcher will allow us to slide for 1 to 2 years for a ILB till we can get one or it can help M.Foster develop at the ILB position. I honestly think we can get a good RB in the 3rd round, but would like to get an additional 2nd round just in case.


    I like when people get pissy and call people morons!!

  51. jvato24 Says:

    One of the local media tweeted that it was stated that Tanard was not progressing on the field and off the field as hoped. He had shoulder surgery during the offseason. I am guessing he did not take the rehab seriously and was slightly out of shape.

    He will be a Redskin soon.

  52. jvato24 Says:

    This is the NFL .. If a player is productive .. SOmething like 17 picks in last 4 seasons … You dont just cut them

    If he is guilty .. different story …

  53. Ed Kerber Says:

    Addittion by subtraction. Clear the dead weight. Send message– it’s not who you WERE it’s who you ARE GOING to be. Yes he was a good player. But he proved to be less last year. Maybe they go 7-9 or 8-8 this year. Next year put the finishing touches on a dynamite team. Let’s move some more dead wood for late round draft picks!

  54. jvato24 Says:

    Talib is a hothead … Stupid even … But his current problem is he shot at a guy in jail for his 3rd Sexual assault charge … That doesnt bother me at all and I wish he hit him.

  55. jvato24 Says:

    Do I resign Talib after this year .. Probably not … But a guy that can get 5-7 picks in a season for 2 million ?? I run with it for this year … Im tired of rebuilding every season … Lions 2.0

  56. Rrsrq Says:

    I think they will go after LSU safety, Brandon Taylor, projected 3rd to 4th round, may slip to 5th. Also so some talk of Lavonte David being looked at as a safety because he lacks lb size but great speed. Bucs did it with Grimm.

  57. Snook Says:

    Most likely this is a failed drug test given by the Bucs. Right?

  58. Joe Says:


    Most likely this is a failed drug test given by the Bucs. Right?

    Thinking not.


    Such a waste of talent.

  60. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    This was a good way to make an example Of someone. Jackson was a liability last year, so I don’t see a loss on the field. More importantly, you know this turned the heads of the players.

  61. Capt. Tim Says:

    Again with the waste if talent . .
    He played last year. He sucked. Defense sucked. Team sucked!

    Why is everyone if the opinion that these guys are talented?
    He started 2 years ago, we went 3-13.
    He started the last half of last year- we didn’t win a game!

    Meybe , just Meybe, we are losing games because we have a bunch of bad players!

    Guy sucked last year. Suspended 3 times for drugs, then doesn’t show u at first voluntary camp with new Coach.

    Yeah, that should get you fired- and quick!

    Although I’m sure Hawaiian is crying in his grass skirt
    He was campaigning for Jackson all last tear

    He’s got a “thing” for crappy Defensive backs, and sloooow Running backs!

  62. Capt. Tim Says:

    Damn Hawiaan- guess loyalty ain’t yer strong point. Last year, you said we’d be fools to cut Tanard! Said he was an “elite talent”

    Now, its like the kid owes ya money!


  63. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Crybaby Tim,
    It’s going to be Claiborne because TR won’t be there at 5. But you are always right, like a woman.

  64. Pete Dutcher Says:

    It’s not a failed drug test…it’s a player that was walking on a thin rope deciding not to show up to the first get-together. It was voluntary so the Bucs won’t admit it, but with this move Schiano sent a clear message to the other players…do it right or get axed.

    SensibleBuc Says:
    April 10th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    This throws the Draft all out of whack.

    I disagree. We have guys at safety if they stay healthy. The way I see it, things will still play out the way I predicted:

    1 – CB
    2 – LB
    3 – LB
    5 – S
    6 – RB
    7 – QB

  65. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Capt Tim,
    I never used the word elite, first of all. He missed a full year, had an opportunity, and wasn’t the same player when he came back. I’m not loyal to him, but I support the decision of the team to give him a chance. If they decide to cut Talib, I’ll be fine with it as well. I cheer for the Bucs. As long as you are on the Bucs, you’re my guy. Once you’re gone, I move on.

  66. buddah Says:

    The message is clear: You will be accountable. Haven’t seen this since the days of Tony Dungy. Bravo! A powerful wakeup call. Expect more to follow.

  67. Snook Says:

    Most likely this is a failed drug test given by the Bucs. Right?

    Thinking not.

    No? Why not? What’s the more likely scenario: TJAX shows up out of shape or shows up and has weed in his system?

  68. Patrick Says:

    Alright let’s do this:

    Move Ronde to safety, and make getting a top flight CB even more of a priority now.

    Though, I’m not crazy about Claiborne.

  69. mister V Says:

    Snook,drug test are given by the league only. No news from the league yet on this matter,what a waste of talent. All pro talent ,all children mentality, Does not understand how blessed he is,but this hopefully maybe the awake up call he need . Hopefully someone else get the message also, this is a new way of doing all things buccaneers.

  70. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I went to the last game last year at Atlanta. I got in the stadium early and went down to the bottom to watch them warm up. Pretty much all he did was sit in the end zone and sing to his music, with a half-ass stretch. That says a lot about his dedication right there.

  71. snook Says:

    I’m pretty sure a guy who’s been suspended twice for substance abuse would have a drug test clause in his contract. I see no reason to just release him out of the blue. Plus, Tanard’s press reaction wasn’t much either. The guy is a pothead. Period.

  72. bucfat Says:

    I do like Tanard a lot. i was hoping he’d get his act together but nope. So see ya later. Good luck in Washington haha

  73. bucfat Says:

    Forget about drafting offense this year and ya that means Trent Richardson. Our defense if brutal. Im boarding the Mo train.

  74. 941-Bucs Says:

    Before Tanard was suspended. He was highly considered one of the best Safeties in the league. Albeit he didn’t play well last year. Considering the circumstances of not being able to attend anything team related and then starting a week after serving a year suspension. I doubt many would come out and just be instant star again.

    Say what you will. This just really hurt a defense that already has GAPING holes that needs to be filled.

    Sorry to see you go Jackson… You were one of my Favorites (minus the whole pot thing)

  75. 941-Bucs Says:

    You already know he is going to the Redskins. Raheem will get him in quick!

  76. Vince Says:

    Depth/Talent in the secondary is down right scary now….Not in a good way