But to fulfill their apparent Super Bowl ambitions, they'll likely need him.
The Eagles expect Jackson to end his holdout sometime this week, a league official told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Monday.
The team is willing to talk to Jackson about a contract extension, a senior team official said, but no formal negotiations will take place until he reports to camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Starting Thursday, Jackson would be fined $30,000 for each day of a holdout.
Eagles president Joe Banner said Monday on WIP Radio in Philadelphia that he does not know when Jackson will report.
"He has not indicated that he intends to be in here imminently, but I would be the last one he'd tell that to because he does not want me to know his plan," Banner said.
They also traded for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in a deal that sent quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals.
Rodgers-Cromartie will play opposite four-time Pro Bowler Asante Samuel, who reported to camp Monday morning.
Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowl player, is slated to make $565,000 in base salary this season, the last on his four-year rookie deal. But he has expressed discontent about his contract.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman wouldn't comment on the specifics of Jackson's absence last week.
"We're going to keep that internal, and all conversations with DeSean we're going to keep private," Roseman said.
Jackson had 47 catches for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns last season, and his 22.5 yards-per-catch average led the league.
"DeSean just has some things to think about," quarterback Michael Vick said early last week, "and some decisions to make that only himself can make."
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.