Jamaal Jackson was the longest-tenured member of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the last man to have played on the Eagles' 2004 Super Bowl team.
He started 77 games in an Eagles uniform as the team’s center, turning in a Pro Bowl caliber season in 2009 before suffering a season-ending injury late in the year. Jackson missed nearly all of 2010 with another injury and was demoted to backup in 2011 when new offensive line coach Howard Mudd deemed sixth-round pick Jason Kelce was a better fit for the team’s offense.
Personally, I have always been a big fan of Jackson.
The Eagles’ offense suffered in the ’09 Wild Card Game against Dallas without Jackson snapping the football, and the team never recovered from his loss in the first game of 2010. Kelce struggled vastly as a rookie, and I feel the Eagles would have been better off with Jackson.
Mudd disagrees though, and he’s the man making the decisions. So with that in mind, it made sense for the Eagles to cut Jackson. Mudd likes undersized and mobile offensive linemen, and there was no point in bringing back the 6’4”, 300-plus pound Jackson for 2012 to simply be a backup again. Jackson will likely get a job somewhere as a starter, since he’s still a very effective center when healthy.
But his release saves the Eagles money on the salary cap, and the team can always pick up a cheap backup in free agency.