- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tanard Jackson’s on-and-off relationship with the Washington Redskins took another turn on Wednesday when the team signed him to a one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The entire value of Jackson’s contract isn’t known, but that person said he will count for $635,000 against the Redskins’ salary cap under a clause known as the minimum salary benefit, which is designed to entice teams to sign veteran players for the same cost as those who are in their second year in the league.

Jackson, released Tuesday hours after he was reinstated from an indefinite suspension that lasted 20 months, originally signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Redskins in April 2012 that included no guaranteed money. That contract commuted to this year because of Jackson’s suspension, which was for a third violation of the league’s substance-abuse program.

The 28-year-old free safety has not played since Week 17 of the 2011 regular season, when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in three preseason games with the Redskins in 2012 before being suspended on Aug. 31 of that year.

Jackson was allowed to visit Redskins Park on Tuesday, which he did in order to take a physical. Someone else familiar with Jackson’s status said that he passed that examination.

• Zac Boyer can be reached at zboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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