Tanard Jackson back with Washington Redskins


The Washington Redskins are washing their hands of Tanard Jackson.

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According to the league's transaction notice, the team released the safety on Tuesday just hours after he was officially reinstated.

Jackson hasn't appeared in a game since 2011 following a second suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse. He failed to take a regular-season snap for Washington, who signed him in 2012 with hopes that the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer would provide a boost in the secondary.

General manager Bruce Allen said of Jackson on Tuesday that "after we meet with him, we might give him a chance," per The Washington Post.

No dice, and it's possible Jackson won't find a new team after 56 career starts over seven seasons.

The Redskins, meanwhile, still need a talent infusion at the position beyond Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark. One of this year's top safety prospects would help, but Washington lacks a first-round pick for the second year in a row because of the expensive draft-day trade that helped them net Robert Griffin III two Aprils ago.

UPDATE: One day after releasing Jackson, the Redskins signed the safety on Wednesday, the team announced.

According to ESPN.com's John Keim, who first reported the news, the Redskins signed the 28-year-old to a cheaper contract, per a team source.

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