Redskins terminate Tanard Jackson’s contract, but could re-sign him [updated]


Tanard Jackson (34) took part in 2012 training camp, alongside Brandon Meriweather, left, and DeAngelo Hall, but has not played in a game for Washington. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins have terminated the contract of safety Tanard Jackson, according to the NFL’s daily transaction report.

The NFL earlier Tuesday afternoon reinstated Jackson, ending a suspension that lasted two seasons. Jackson in 2012 received an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen on Tuesday had remained noncommittal on Jackson’s future despite his reinstatement.

“He’s been conditionally reinstated by the NFL,” Allen said, “and later today, he’ll be taking his physical exam, and if he meets all of those conditions that the NFL has laid out for him, and after we meet with him, we might give him a chance. Yes.”

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Allen also had said that Jackson’s reinstatement would not impact Washington’s draft plans.

Just less than five hours later, the report of Jackson’s release came out.

The reasons for the termination of Jackson’s contract were not immediately known.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer signed a one-year deal with Washington in 2012 but never played beyond that preseason. The Redskins retained his rights despite the suspension.

He failed multiple drug tests and served multiple suspensions and had played only one season in the past four years.

Update, 6:40 p.m.:

Jackson’s representatives were in contact with other teams and he could make a decision as soon as Wednesday afternoon, a person familiar with the situation said early Tuesday evening.

Two people familiar with the situation said that the termination of Jackson’s contract had nothing to do with him failing a physical. Instead, it was believed to be contract related. Both people, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that a return to the Redskins remained possible for Jackson.

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