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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Redskins sign free agent safety Tanard Jackson

The Washington Redskins have signed free agent safety Tanard Jackson, the team announced Friday. Jackson was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week.

He played five seasons with the Buccaneers and started all 56 games in which he played, 10 of them last season.

Jackson had 10 interceptions, including a career-best five in the 2009 season and two last season.

He was born in Silver Spring and attended Bullis School.

The Redskins add Jackson after signing fellow safeties Brandon Meriweather and Madieu Williams as free agents. They also signed cornerback Cedric Griffin, who could have a chance to play safety.

Jackson is coming off shoulder surgery and failed a physical before he was released Tuesday by the Buccaneers. He is expected to be cleared to resume playing later this offseason.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Jackson missed the first week of the Buccaneers’ voluntary offseason conditioning program and was rehabilitating his shoulder in New Orleans and Maryland instead of in the Tampa area.

“What’s important to us as an organization is the growth of our football players and how they handle [things] on and off the field to become the best Buccaneer possible,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said, according to the Times. “And that’s what we’re looking for.”

Jackson told the newspaper about his release: “I was a little shocked, but the person I am, I accept how it comes. I realize it’s a business. It’s hard to be too upset with the decision because of what I’ve been through, and I have no hard feelings toward the organization and wish them the best.”

Jackson was reinstated by the league in October 2011 after he was suspended two games into the 2010 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was suspended for four games in the 2009 season for violating the substance abuse policy.

His former head coach in Tampa, Raheem Morris, now is the Redskins’ defensive backs coach.

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