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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Tanard Jackson signs with Washington Redskins

Published Apr. 14, 2012

Free agent safety Tanard Jackson has been reunited with former Bucs head coach Raheem Morris after signing Friday with the Redskins.

Jackson, who had said he was "a little shocked" to be released by Tampa Bay earlier this week after a failed physical, joins a rebuilt Redskins secondary coached by Morris. Contract details weren't disclosed.

Jackson, 26, started 10 games last season, his fifth with the Bucs, after being suspended all of 2010 for testing positive for a banned substance.

Although Jackson played with a torn rotator cuff and two hamstring strains, the Bucs released the 2007 fourth-round pick out of Syracuse, saying he had not shown growth on and off the field. Jackson missed the first week of the Bucs' voluntary offseason conditioning program and was rehabilitating his shoulder in New Orleans and Maryland instead of in Tampa.

Jackson, born in Silver Spring, Md., said he will be ready to play by June 1.

barber reveals pick? Did cornerback Ronde Barber tip the Bucs' hand on whom they will draft April 26 with the No. 5 overall pick? When asked Friday by host J.P. Peterson on 1010-AM if the Bucs will select LSU corner Morris Claiborne with the pick, Barber said, "We probably will."

More Redskins: London Fletcher re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. The linebacker announced on Twitter: "Redskins fans your captain is back!" Fletcher turns 37 next month.

Broncos WR not sad that Tebow is gone

Put Demaryius Thomas down as one not unhappy that Tim Tebow is out of Denver, even though the Broncos receiver connected with the quarterback on one of the most memorable touchdowns in franchise history.

Thomas said he prefers playing with a prototypical passing quarterback such as newly acquired Peyton Manning.

"It's a business decision," Thomas said Thursday on 790-AM The Zone in Atlanta. "I ain't going to say I was sad because the only thing they remember is that pass. You gotta go back and look at the rest of the games. I wasn't getting no balls, and you had to make some of these plays where some players were open and he is not making the throws. But I don't want to talk bad about Tim. But, hey, I am happy we got Peyton."

Thomas caught the winning 80-yard touchdown pass from Tebow in the Broncos' AFC wild-card upset win over the Steelers last season.

Thomas said the media coverage Tebow received rubbed some players, including him, the wrong way: "Everything on ESPN was all about Tim. That bothered some players, too, because they would say, 'Tim Tebow Time.' I felt like it was a team thing."

Saints: Owner Tom Benson said the team is close to a new deal with quarterback Drew Brees. "I think that will be done shortly," Benson said.

Leaf charged: Former quarterback Ryan Leaf was formally charged with four felonies on accusations he broke into an acquaintance's home in Montana to steal prescription painkillers then robbed a second home two days after being released from jail.


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