Agent expects Jamaal Jackson to be released

Jamaal Jackson's agent has said that he expects the center to be released by the Eagles. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

The agent for center Jamaal Jackson expects the veteran Eagle to be released once the NFL's new league year begins in March.

"It would surprise me greatly if they did not release him," said Jackson's agent, J.R. Rickert, "but that's a team decision."

Jackson is the longest tenured Eagle, having joined the team in 2003 as an undrafted free agent, and he started every game in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and the first 15 of 2009 before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament at the end of that season. He came back for the 2010 opener but tore his triceps, and lost his starting job this past summer to rookie Jason Kelce.

Jackson never complained about his demotion, but after the Eagles season finale told reporters that he still believes he can play in the NFL.

If he is released, "I'll work actively to pursue our options around the league at center and guard," Rickert said.

We'll have more from Jackson himself later this week.

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