October 23, 2011; London, ENGLAND; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Tanard Jackson (36) listens to Beats headphones while warming up before the NFL International Series game against the Chicago Bears at Wembley Stadium. The Bears defeated the Buccaneers 24-18. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins Say Tanard Jackson is Welcome Back "With Open Arms"

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.

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  • Ron Burgundy and Gold

    Thanks for reporting this, I have to admit that I was really excited to read this headline, despite the fact that Jackson is clearly a risky person to rely on and certainly let the team down last year. However, I thought the coaching staff may have known about the possibility of his suspension when they initially brought him in, and that he was in an appeals process during camp last year. That may not be correct, but the fact is, is that the Redskins gave Trent Williams and Fred Davis the opportunity to redeem themselves from drug suspensions and I think that’s paid big dividends. Jackson didn’t kill anyone, he’s not a bad person. He just acted foolishly and lost a LOT of $ as a result. So morally, I think the Redskins are sticking to a precedent set in previous years that you can get suspended 1 time (with the Redskins specifically), come back and compete for a job. I doubt they’ll just give him the spot if the rookies light it up in camp. He’d better be in great shape before he takes the field. But I hope he makes it

  • Vicdalick

    misleading article… Shanny is making a smart move especially knowing his secondary needs a lot of work. This guy is better than Gomes, Doughty, Crawford, and Wilson, The Skins have turned around and are heading in the right direction. The coaching staff knew the deal when they got this kid but they are prepared to invest in him.

  • Budda

    Tanard Jackson needs to come true with him self and stop fucking prostitute and sucking pussy ,and doing drugs. he needs to repent and asked for forgiveness and come clean, and if it wasn’t for his son luck and prayer, he would be another statistic and a loser in life and also in the jail doing time. as a reminder don’t fuck you self anymore you got a long way to go in your life.