On the same day Tanard Jackson was reinstated by the NFL, the Washington Redskins decided they no longer wanted him.
The Redskins on Tuesday terminated Jackson's contract, which was for the upcoming season and worth $700,000. The free safety had been suspended indefinitely on Aug. 31, 2012 because of a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. It was the third time the NFL had suspended him.
But the league confirmed Monday that he would be reinstated Tuesday. Earlier on Tuesday, Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Jackson would undergo a physical and then meet with team officials. At that point, the Redskins decided to part ways with Jackson.
On Monday, one team source made it clear they weren't expecting much from Jackson, calling it a bonus if he was able to do anything. Allen said earlier Tuesday that Jackson would not impact their decisions in the draft.
Washington signed Jackson in 2012 to be its starting free safety. The Redskins have struggled to find a long-term starter and opted for veteran Ryan Clark this season, signing the 34-year-old to a one-year contract. Only two safeties are under contract for the 2015 season.