Buccaneers release safety Tanard Jackson, Redskins next landing spot?

Jackson lays a big hit on Michael Turner of the Falcons. (Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the Buccaneers announced the release of safety Tanard Jackson, who failed a team physical. Jackson was drafted by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

The team said that the decision to part ways with Jackson had nothing to do with "any new issues related" to Jackson's previous two NFL suspensions.

"What’s important to us as an organization is the growth of our football players and how they handle, on and off the field, becoming the best Buccaneer possible,” said general manager Mark Dominik in a statement released by the team. "That’s what we’re looking for. To us, ‘growth’ means becoming the best Buccaneer you can possibly be, and we want the growth of this football team to accelerate. That’s what it’s about."

Our Buccaneers Rapid Reporter Scott Purks pegs the Washington Redskins as a possible next landing spot.

This is a pretty logical spot, considering that Raheem Morris, Jackson's former coach, is now the secondary coach for Washington. And, as Purks notes, "Morris always spoke highly of Jackson's skills."

And Jackson's a local guy too -- he was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and, as my D.C.-centric boss points out, he attended the Bullis School in high school in Potomac, Maryland.

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