Bruce Allen: Redskins ‘might’ give Tanard Jackson a chance


Adam Hayward, left, and Tanard Jackson celebrate a Jackson interception in a 2011 game against the Saints. With Jackson’s reinstatement, both players are now on the Redskins’ roster. (J. Meric/Getty Images)

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen took a non-committal approach on safety Tanard Jackson, who on Monday received word that he will be reinstated after missing two seasons while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

Jackson was at Redskins Park on Tuesday morning, but Allen described his reinstatement as a “conditional” move, and indicated that Jackson still has a number of requirements to fulfill.

“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.”

Jackson hasn’t played since suiting up for Washington in the preseason of 2012. But the league announced at the conclusion of the preseason that Jackson had violated the substance-abuse policy, and as a repeat offender, he would be suspended indefinitely.

He missed all of that season, and the 2013 campaign as well. Washington last spring drafted Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas, who both remain unproven, and this spring they signed veteran Ryan Clark. They also could look to the draft to further address the long-term stability of the safety position.

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Jackson’s return will not impact the team’s plans for the safety position, particularly in the draft, Allen said.

“It won’t affect the draft at all,” Allen said. “When he was suspended, we were aware that he had to comply with a lot of rules and regulations that the league and players association agreed to. It’s a compliment to him, but I have not talked to him yet, because he isn’t really reinstated yet. But it’s a compliment that he has a desire to play. I look forward to talking to him and the coaches look forward to talking to him.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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