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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Shocker: Tanard Jackson Released After Failed Physical

Tanard Jackson is no longer a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
Tanard Jackson is no longer a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images
Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 10, 2012

Here's a shocker for you:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released troubled safety Tanard Jackson.

General Manager Mark Dominik spilled the news on Tuesday. Jackson has been a problem for the Buccaneers, being suspended twice by the NFL for violation of the substance abuse policy.

Jackson told the Tampa Tribune:

"The way it was explained to me is that they were going in a different direction. That was really all that was said. (My approach to rehab) may have played a role in it, I don't know but as far as I know it was a business decision."

The release of Jackson signals that the new regime under Greg Schiano may be setting far higher standards. No details were given by Dominik during the quickly-called news conference.

"What's important for us is the growth of our football players," Dominik said. "It's all about becoming the best Buccaneer possible."

Jackson was a five-year veteran, drafted out of Syracuse. His departure leaves yet another hole in the secondary that the Buccaneers will have to address either through free agency or the upcoming draft.

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