Bucs showing big faith in Tanard Jackson

The hope is this is just another chapter in a happy ending story for Tanard Jackson, who has been suspended three times for violation of the NFL’s drug policy.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have extended the contract of Jackson through the 2012 season, showing a great deal of faith in him.

According to Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times, Jackson’s base salary for the remainder of this season has been more than doubled. He’ll earn $1.454 million this season and $2 million in 2012. Jackson was immediately re-inserted into the starting lineup after returning from what was more than a one-year suspension.

"The Bucs have been tremendously supportive of him all along," Jackson’s agent Peter Schaffer told Holder. "Tampa Bay believes he's made a positive change in his life and that he's taken every possible step to go in a positive direction. No one's ever out of the woods, but they really believe in him, and I believe in him."

Jackson has displayed promise throughout his career when he’s remained on the field. Hopefully, he can stay there because the Bucs sure have stated how much they desire him to be in the mix.

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