In fact, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the decision to either trade or release Jackson was made about a month ago.
The most common reason cited for this has been the salary cap, with Jackson commanding a $12.75 million cap figure in 2014.
But Jackson had 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, and was one of the main reasons Philadelphia reached the postseason in Chip Kelly's first season. At the same time, the Eagles will welcome back Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, the latter being one of quarterback Nick Foles' favorite targets.
Philadelphia will also add Darren Sproles to the mix, a shifty and speedy running back that adds a different dimension in the passing game.
All of that makes Jackson somewhat expendable, even if the Eagles would still be a much better team with him on the roster in 2014.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.