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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Bucs will have to look at options without Jackson

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Tuesday afternoon's news that Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson will be suspended for the first four games of the season leaves the Bucs in a quandary at safety.

They've got veteran Will Allen as their top backup option right now. But Allen's not any sort of long-term solution and he might not even be their best alternative to get through the first four games. The Bucs had moved former safety Jermaine Phillips to weak-side linebacker at the start of the offseason.

Moving Phillips back to safety and pairing him with Sabby Piscitelli could be a more attractive option for the Bucs. They have more depth at linebacker with Quincy Black, Adam Hayward and Angelo Crowell each capable of taking on a starting role.