With the new free agency rules and the lockout in effect we have worried about who the Buccaneers are going to sign. Our most sought after free agent for the fans was Nnamdi Asomugha because of Aqib Talib possibly not playing for us this season due to his legal issues. There is someone in our secondary whom many people have not talked about at all. Tanard Jackson, our starting free safety.
Tanard Jackson is coming back to us this year after being suspended for all of last season due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse. Tanard Jackson was on his way of becoming a star safety before he got into trouble with the league. With Tanard Jackson back, will we have a better pass defense? With Jackson back we will most definitely have a better run defense since Tanard has always been a good run stopper when it comes to a safety.
Many people do not like Tanard Jackson and believe we should let him go so he isn't a "cancer" or because many believe he will do the same thing again. I do not think this at all. #36 was missed last season, though we had great performances from rookie Cody Grimm and special teams expert Corey Lynch. Tanard might not be the most ball hawk of a safety, but his hit power reminds many of us of a young Jermaine Phillips. Jackson reportedly watched every home game for the Buccaneers in a suite. He has not been on the field since our second game of the 2010-2011 season.
Jackson is allowed to come back to the team on September 22, 2011. He will have to work hard to get his starting job back, but if he does win it back we may see a Tanard Jackson playing with a chip on his shoulder out to prove he is meant to be the starting free safety of this team and a future star in the league still.