Just three weeks removed from his return from a year-long suspension, Bucs safety Tanard Jackson has received a pay raise and a one-year contract extension.
ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas reports Jackson got a $300,000 pay bump for the rest of 2011 and a possible $3 million in total pay for 2012. Jackson was suspended for all but two games last season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He missed the first five games this season, but quickly caught two interceptions in his first two games back.
The Bucs are placing some faith in a player just coming off a long suspension. In return, the team gets a very talented and motivated young safety that showed before the suspension he could be a rising star.
Tampa built in some motivation for Jackson to stay out of trouble. Jackson will earn a $50,000 bonus for every game that he’s on the 53-man roster next season.