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Bucs Finally Cut Tanard

April 10, 2012 at 12:16pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

So, at safety the Bucs have.... umm...
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.

10 Comments to “Bucs Finally Cut Tanard”


manbearpig (April 10, 2012 at 12:28pm:

What. The. Fuck.
I know he’s been a screw up but he was my favorite player on defense since Brooks was thrown out like a piece of trash. I hate mark d.


jampersands (April 10, 2012 at 12:56pm:

So our secondary is worse off than ever… I guess Claiborne becomes even more of a priority? Although getting a solid corner is probably not the best way to fill a hole at safety.

Wouldn’t mind if the Bucs threw a bare-bones contract at Atogwe, the former Rams/Redskins safety.


Louie (April 10, 2012 at 01:28pm:

So, injury-prone Grimm is now our best saftey? Now the Bucs have Grand Canyon size holes at LB AND safety! I think we’re going to see some more FA activity, because the draft sure as hell isn’t going to fill all those holes.

worker b

worker b (April 10, 2012 at 01:31pm:

Has LeRon Landry signed anywhere yet?

Mark S

Mark S (April 10, 2012 at 02:46pm:

What I always hear at draft time, is the safety is a position that does not require a high draft pick. People like Mel always think anyone can play safety. What a crock. The thing to remember is that every truly great defense has had a great safety.


manbearpig (April 10, 2012 at 02:51pm:

He will sign with the redskins and make the probowl. Watch.


BaldBuc4055 (April 10, 2012 at 04:09pm:

“Failed physical”, my ass! I’m not buying it for a second. If they are really upset he didn’t rehab in Tampa, they need to get over it. Who cares if he doesn’t rehab in Tampa, as long as he rehabs, right? There had to be something going on behind the scenes that brought about this decision. Now we need a CB and a safety in a draft that doesn’t have any marquee safeties. Ugh.

@worker b, to answer your question, Landry signed with the circus sideshow that is the New York Jets.


SGBuc (April 10, 2012 at 05:19pm:

I really doubt its the fact he may not have rehabbed in Tampa Bay. Many players go to their home state during the offseason, including Winslow hauling ass to California to do rehab over on the west coast, and noone complains about him..

worker b

worker b (April 11, 2012 at 08:32am:

I wouldn’t read too much into it. Tanard is a risk and didn’t play all that well last season. Schiano’s trying to change the culture and any guy like Tanard is liable to be cut if he doesn’t go above and beyond. I wouldn’t be surprised if Winslow is let go, as well.

Slow Joe

Slow Joe (April 11, 2012 at 06:10pm:

Dominik is doing what is it the best interests of the team. Tanard Jackson fucked up his own damn career.

We’ll eventually lose Aqib Talib as well. Stupid asses. Pro Bowl talents with 10 cent heads. Mo Claiborne better be the real deal.

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