Bucs Finally Cut Tanard
April 10, 2012 at 12:16pm by Scott • 10 Comments »
I was hoping for a story to come along and save me from having to write about Warren Sapp‘s bankruptcy, but this isn’t the one I expected.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut safety Tanard Jackson for a failed physical, general manager Mark Dominik said this morning.
It’s not like this is the most surprising thing I’ve heard and most of us felt a little trepidation when he came back after his suspension. But it’s still disappointing. When he picked off a pass in each of his first two games back, I think we all felt pretty good about his future. He was a good player.
“As an organization, we’ve decided to terminate, failed physical, Tanard Jackson,” Dominik said. “It’s a decision we decided to make for the football team and just for our organization. We obviously talked to Tanard today and wished him the best on his future endeavors and with his next organization. But it’s something we felt we wanted to do as an organization and needed to do.”
I think if Jackson simply wasn’t in shape, the team would have hung with him and gotten him up to speed. It’s got to be more, and most likely they found out that he was taking/doing something he shouldn’t have been. And when you’ve been suspended twice and still can’t get straight (whatever the latest problem is), yeah, you gotta go.
Dominik said he was unaware of any positive test for a banned substance or impending penalties from the league office.
“It’s all about becoming the best Buccaneer possible,” Dominik said. “That’s what growth is. And we want this football team to accelerate. That’s what it’s about.”
He may not have gotten it from the league, but something tipped Dominik off that Jackson wasn’t right. Jackson is a huge talent and you don’t dismiss that over a failed physical unless the guy gained 100 pounds or something.
Dominik said Jackson had shoulder surgery in the off-season and is expected to be ready to return to action by June. But Jackson had not handled his rehabilitation to the Buccaneers satisfaction.
Oh come on. He was lazy with his shoulder rehab and that’s why you cut him? I’m not buying it. They just hired a disciplinarian head coach. Surely they’d let him take a whack at Jackson before pulling the plug, right? Nothing like a new, hard-ass coach to give a player a kick and make him fall in line.
Jackson said he was unaware that the Bucs were unhappy with his decision not to rehab in Tampa Bay or that it ultimately led to his release Tuesday.
“I really don’t know, maybe it was because I wasn’t doing rehab here in Tampa after surgery but doing it in New Orleans with trainers up there,” Jackson said. “They just said they were going in a different direction. That’s the way it was given to me.”
Yeah, that’s not it, either. Players train and rehab in different places sometimes; it’s not that unusual. I’m not going to bitch about the decision because I don’t know what the Bucs have obviously learned about him, but I’d bet real money that a failed physical is just the excuse to let him go. Anyway, good luck, Tanard. Please take care of yourself.
So now Cody Grimm is the best safety on the roster. Go ahead and let that sink in for a minute.