TAMPA — He missed all of last season but it took all but three games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to see enough out of Tanard Jackson to warrant a contract extension. The news was announced today that the Bucs have given their troubled safety job security through the 2012 season.
Jackson was making roughly $705,000 under his current contract but the extension bumps his 2011 pay up to a cool $1 million.
The Bucs had high hopes for Jackson when they drafted him and he quickly proved himself to be a valuable asset. But his run ins with trouble have far out-shined his accomplishments in Tampa which truth be told, aren’t plentiful.
How much of this has to do with Jackson missing 56 weeks of the NFL season or whether he actually does lack the skills is yet to be determined. The verdict isn’t in on Jackson but the Bucs are gambling with the thinking that they know what he can do. The gamble will at the worst cost Tampa $2 million, the number Jackson’s base salary has increased to under the restructured deal.
Tampa is putting all it’s faith back into Jackson no sooner than 3 games into his return to the team and proof of that is the incentive laced contract. Jackson can earn up to another $1 million in incentives for good behavior. These rewards come in the form of a $200,000 bonus for making the roster in 2012 and being active on the first official league day and a $50,000 bonus for every game he makes the 53-man roster in 2012.
The extra $1 million in incentives isn’t including the playoffs. If Tampa makes it to the Super Bowl next year and Jackson is on roster for all 20 games (assuming the Bucs make the Wild Card), Jackson stands to make $200,000 in addition to the $1 million for meeting all rewards in the regular season.
Tampa has a lot of troubled guys on their team but they don’t get the bad rap a lot of other teams with offenders do. That has to be credited to Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris who time and time again give guys second chances. It just shows you how much these guys respect Morris and Dominik by staying out of troubling and being thankful for the generous second chances they get. It also gives you a nice picture of who well and deeply Morris and Dominik feel for the guys on their team and the members of their Buccaneers family.