The Bucs have given safety Tanard Jackson a very big vote of confidence.
The team just put the finishing touches today on a contract extension that takes Jackson's contract through the end of the 2012 season, while also giving him a raise for this season.
Jackson returned to the Bucs two weeks ago after a year-long suspension for violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He immediately was placed in the starting lineup and recorded an interception in his first game back, a win over the Saints.
The Bucs saw fit to make sure they kept Jackson around longer, approaching him with the contract extension last week. The new deal calls for Jackson to make a base salaries of $1.454 million this season and $2 million in 2012, according to figures from the NFL Players Association. Before now, Jackson's contract was scheduled to expire at the end of this season and he previously was on the books for $600,000 in base salary for 2011.
After two suspensions for substance-abuse issues in 2009...