Eagles release the last remaining player from the 2004 team that went to the Super Bowl

JamJax

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.

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  8. […] Eagles cut Jamaal Jackson.  So long, JamJax.  Great guy, great pro, good player.  I hope he finds a home […]

  9. Steve D. says:

    I have no idea ho he is thought of around the league, but I could see him end up in Dallas.

    1. mattman says:

      Eagles draft from 2003:
      1st – DE Jerome McDougle (worst player of the Reid era, traded 1st and 2nd rounders to move up to get him, wasted dollars and a roster spot for five interminable years)
      2nd – TE L.J. Smith (five years of thoroughly mediocre TE play)
      3rd – WR Billy McMullen (2nd-worst player of the Reid era)
      4th – DE Jamaal Green (career totals: 8 games, 2 tackles, 1 sack)
      5th – OL Jeremy Bridges (never played for the Eagles but remains in the league as a starter)
      6th – S Norman Lejuene (didn’t make the team)

      Eagles undrafted rookie class from 2003:
      C Jamaal Jackson (4+ seasons as a quality starting center)
      S Quintin Mikell (eight year Eagles career with Pro Bowl and 2nd team All Pro honors)
      OT Artis Hicks (started 31 games for the Eagles and 71 in his career)
      CB Rod Hood (outstanding slot corner in 2005 and 2006)
      WR Greg Lewis (five years as a solid #4 WR and special teamer)
      DT Sam Rayburn (short career but had six sacks for the 2004 Superbowl team)
      RS Reno Mahe (gets a ton of hate but played five seasons and actually led the NFL in punt return average one year)

      Eagles haven’t had near that kind of success with undrafted guys since (After Antonio Dixon you have… Nick Cole?) But I love how the 2003 draft was a complete stinkbomb, while the undrafted crop would probably pass for the 3rd or 4th best draft class of the Reid era.

  10. Tracer Bullet says:

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