The Buccaneers’ secondary is immensely talented, if not a bit troubled off the field. That latter issue is what has landed both Aqib Talib and Tanard Jackson in hot water after various indiscretions away from football. With Jackson it was a year-long suspension caused by another failed drug test while in Talib’s case, a criminal case is currently playing out in the courts in Dallas.
At various points in the past year, the St. Pete Times, ESPN and the Trib have all called for the end of both players tenure in Tampa. Clearly that hasn’t phased either Jackson, nor Talib though, as both are in Bradenton working alongside their teammates as the Bucs launch into a Josh Freeman-led three day minicamp.
While I find it unsurprising to see Talib at the workouts, I was a little bit caught off guard to read that Jackson was there. Jackson cannot have any contact with the Bucs until the end of September once the NFL lockout ends. That puts Tanard Jackson in the very strange position of actually having more access to the Bucs and his teammates now, than he will when the lockout ends and he is barred from team activities. Jackson’s suspension will be up in the middle of the first month of the season.
This is a good move by both players, both are demonstrating they want to be in Tampa and I’m sure despite not being allowed to observe, the Bucs brass has noticed. Both carry an endorsement from their head coach, Raheem Morris, but whether or not that gets them through their current turmoil and lands them on the 2011 roster remains to be seen. Either way, this kind of show of participation doesn’t hurt one bit.