Like his former coach, Raheem Morris, Tanard Jackson has found work in the nation’s capital.
Jackson, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, signed with the Washington Redskins on Friday. It's a move that reunites him with Morris, who took over as Washington’s defensive backs coach in January.
Morris, who coached Bucs defensive backs from 2007-08 before being named head coach in 2009, helped Jackson make the transition from cornerback to safety following Jackson’s arrival in Tampa in 2007, when he was a fourth-round draft pick.
A failed physical and concerns about Jackson's "growth" on and off the field prompted the Buccaneers to release him, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik said on Tuesday.
Jackson, who started all 56 games he played for Tampa Bay, is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. He expects be ready for the start of training camp.
He was suspended twice – for four games in 2009 and more than a year in 2010 – for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. His release, Dominik said, was not related to Jackson's participation in the league's substance abuse program.
Jackson, who has 10 career interceptions and six fumble recoveries, was not at the Bucs facility last week for the start of the voluntary offseason program, instead working out on his own in Maryland.
Jackson is a native of Silver Spring, Md., and went to high school in Potomac, Md.
In addition to landing Jackson, who was originally brought to the league by former Bucs and current Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, the Redskins also recently signed former Tampa Bay tackle James Lee.
Lee, who came into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Browns in 2008 before signing with the Bucs later that same year, has played in 19 NFL games with 10 starts, all with Tampa Bay.