If you count guys on the practice squad, that is. Jackson was an undrafted free agent out of Delaware St., and he actually suited up in the 2003 playoffs for the Eagles after Brian Westbrook went down with an injury. He’s the last remaining player from the Eagles team that went to the Super Bowl in 2004, although he never saw any action that year.
Along with Quintin Mikell, Jackson is probably one of the two biggest undrafted free agent success stories in recent Eagles history. The Eagles signed Antonio Dixon today to a one-year tender – they should be happy if he can be another UDFA that can follow in Jackson and Mikell’s footsteps. Jackson became a regular starter midway through the 2005 season, and stayed there until he tore a pectoral muscle in the home opener against Green Bay in 2010. With Howard Mudd in place as the new OL coach in 2011, the team shifted from a beefier OL (Jackson is listed at 6’4, 325) to quicker, more mobile personnel.
Jackson was on the hook for $1.775 million this season, and to my knowledge, there’s no penalty for releasing him, so the Eagles should save the full amount toward their cap. Earlier today, the Eagles were able to trade Winston Justice for a meager return. I would assume they tried to do the same with Jackson, but couldn’t find any suitors. So long, JamJax.