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Bucs GM: Jackson is a player we want around

Posted Nov 2, 2011 by Roy Cummings

Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA – Tanard Jackson may not be the most reliable player on the Bucs squad, but he is clearly one of the most valuable. The Bucs said as much last week when they gave Jackson a one-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2012 season, and general manager Mark Dominik reiterated the point on Wednesday.

“I would say that he’s a guy that we would like to have around here,’’ Dominik said of Jackson. “In the making of a deal, there are a lot of different things that go into it, but we felt like it was a deal that made sense to our organization and that’s the most important thing.’’

The fact that Jackson has two interceptions in his first two games back following a 56-week league-mandated suspension factored into the decision to extend Jackson’s contract as well, Dominik said. It confirmed the Bucs belief that Jackson is without question one of their best players.

“If there’s a deal that we think makes sense in both the short and the long term, we’ll make it.’’ Dominik said. “And Tanard was going to come out of contract (in 2012), and so it made sense to his agent, to Tanard and to us to get a deal done and put another year on his contract.’’

Jackson’s recent return is from a third violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. His second violation resulted in a four-game suspension in 2009.

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