Redskins reach deal with S Jackson

Posted April 13, 2012 @ 12:09 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Redskins continue to add to their secondary, agreeing to a contract Friday with S Tanard Jackson. Terms and conditions of the deal were not announced.

Released by the Buccaneers on April 10, Jackson joins a Washington defensive backfield that has seen a major overhaul this offseason. The ’Skins have seen safeties LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe depart, and they have signed SS Brandon Meriweather and FS Madieu Williams.

Jackson will be reunited with Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who was his head coach in Tampa Bay. In five previous NFL seasons — all with the Bucs — Jackson has registered 239 tackles, 10 interceptions and has forced five fumbles.

Jackson was suspended for most of the 2010 season for being a repeat violator of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He came back to start all 10 games in which he played in 2011, making 35 tackles and two interceptions.

When the Buccaneers released Jackson on Tuesday, they did say he failed a physical, leading to some doubts about the safety’s health.

The way we see it

Morris clearly had input on this pickup, as the Redskins continue to collect safety candidates to fill their two open starting spots. Clearly, not all of these players they have added will make the team. But Jackson, if healthy — he flunked a physical from the Bucs with a torn rotator cuff, reportedly — has a good chance because he was a playmaker in Tampa. The biggest questions with him other than health are character concerns and his poor tackling.