Washington Redskins safety Tanard Jackson has had an incredibly troubled past but that’s not stopping the Redskins from welcoming him back after his latest suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy. Jackson served yet another suspension for failing a drug test no later than a year after he was reinstated after serving a lengthy suspension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But while he’s established an inability to stay out of trouble, the Redskins are hellbent on giving hims a third chance to be something in the NFL. Defensive corrdinator Jim Haslett said that Jackson fills a hole at safety which shows a blatant disregard for morals in Washington — what else is new.
“Obviously if we got Tanard back, you know that’s another bonus because he’s a heck of a football player,” Haslett said, via CSN Washington. “I don’t know where that stands with the NFL, but we’d welcome back with open arms.”
At least the Redskins are being honest and aren’t trying to sugar coat the reason they want Jackson back. Sure he’s a drug offender who’s thrice been suspended by the NFL for failing drug tests. So rather than say they’re going to help him as a man and a human being, they Redskins are coming right out and saying they want him as a safety first.
The bottom line is the Redskins can’t afford to wait around for Jackson and then just hand him a roster spot a guy who earned it should have. That’s what would happen if Jackson comes back and the Redskins give him his job back. He’s a heck of a football player but sometimes things are more important than a game and we’ve seen on more than one occasion in Mike Shanahan’s Washington that this notion simply doesn’t compute.