After serving a 56 week suspension, Tanard Jackson returned to the Bucs last season and thought his career in Tampa was back on track. Well Jackson’s Buccaneers career has officially come to an end as the Bucs have cut the troubled safety after a failed physical following surgery on his shoulder.
This really complicates things for the Bucs and a secondary that ranked amongst the worst in the NFL last year and a secondary that has little to no real solution at safety now that Jackson is gone. Jackson was the only real option is seemed to be a solid starter at safety.
But now Jackson is gone and the Bucs are proving that this new regime isn’t afraid to make tough decisions.
This should be noted by Aqib Talib, the Bucs most troubled player. It seemed like the Rah-Rah Raheem regime was afraid to discipline players, in particular Talib. Last season Mark Dominik was going to cut Talib after his latest legal offense (which happened to be a gun charge) but Raheem Morris talked him off the plank.
By the way, Jackson should be rehabbed from his shoulder surgery in June so the most likely landing spot for Jackson is back with Morris in Washington.
But without Morris here, Dominik was able to make decision like a GM should. There is no doubt that Schiano had input on this as the head coach but Schiano wasn’t here last year to see Jackson’s return and Dominik was. He didn’t like what he saw in terms of growth out of Jackson both on and off the field and he made the decision to cut him.
This is a huge move, not only because it takes the Bucs best safety off the roster at a time when the Bucs need a safety but it’s huge because it shows the team is moving forward.
But now the Bucs are truly in rebuilding mode and must address the safety position in the draft. There are a lot of questions about this Bucs team but for once, the people in charge aren’t afraid to make tough decisions.