When the Bucs gave safety Tanard Jackson his contract extension last week, it was both a football decision and a personal decision.
It means the Bucs wanted to shore up their safety position for 2012, and how better to do that than by locking up a player who has started 56 games for them? But, for Jackson, the move meant more on a personal level because it sent a message.
Even though he only just returned from his second drug-related NFL suspension, the Bucs' willingness to do the deal demonstrated to Jackson they believe his vow to stay clean.
"It’s just more of what I’ve been saying all along: They just stayed by me and showed me they’re behind me through everything I’ve been through," Jackson said. "I’ll tell you, words can’t describe how I felt when they came to me and offered me another year despite going through what I’ve been through. It’s really a blessing to be a part of this organization."
Jackson was suspended for 56 weeks before his reinstatement ...