The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed Thursday that they have granted a contract extension to veteran safety Tanard Jackson, who leads the club with two interceptions despite playing only two games since he was reinstated by the NFL.
Jackson, 26, had been suspended more than a year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy before he returned against the Saints Oct. 16 and made an interception against Drew Brees. He also played in Sunday's 24-18 loss to the Bears in London, picking off Jay Cutler before suffering a strained hamstring.
Jackson's ongoing suspension robbed him of any opportunity to hit the free-agent market this summer. Tampa Bay's fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft has now signed a one-year extension that ties him to the Buccaneers through the 2012 season, when he is scheduled to earn a base salary of $2 million.
Jackson has been a starter since his rookie season out of Syracuse.