ASHBURN, VA – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed free agent safety Tanard Jackson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jackson (6-0, 200) spent his previous five NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being selected in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. He has started all 56 regular season games in which he has appeared, and recorded 239 tackles, 10 interceptions, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.
Last season, Jackson started in 10 games and registered 35 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed, according to NFL GSIS.
In 2009, Jackson tied for the team lead in interceptions (five) despite missing four games. Coaches credited him with a career-high 102 tackles in 2008, a season in which he started in all 16 regular season games.
As a rookie, Jackson started in all 16 regular season games as a member of the Buccaneer's defense that finished second in the NFL in yards allowed per game (278.4) and first in passing yards allowed per game (170.5).
Jackson played collegiately at Syracuse where he was a second-team All-Big East selection at cornerback as a senior. He appeared in 45 games with 34 starts and totaled 165 tackles, 2.5 sacks, five interceptions and 14 passes defensed. Jackson attended Bullis School in Potomac, Md.