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Report: Eagles expected to part ways with Jason Avant

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The Eagles have a couple of wide receivers heading for free agency in Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper and they may free some cap space to sign one or both of them by dropping another wideout from the roster.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Eagles are expected to part ways with veteran Jason Avant. Avant is scheduled to count $3.96 million against the cap in 2014 and has a roster bonus of $1 million due on March 15, which would be the two leading reasons why the team would move on without him.

Avant had 38 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns last season and has been a complementary receiver in all eight of his seasons with the Eagles. Some of the need for that complement is lessened by the large role of tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz in the offense and there’s little reason to think that would change in Chip Kelly’s second season as head coach.

McLane credited him with being a strong presence in the locker room, although that impact appears to weigh less to them than the chance to use some of Avant’s money on players more essential to the lineup on the field.

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33 Responses to “Report: Eagles expected to part ways with Jason Avant”
  1. oldbyrd says: Feb 26, 2014 9:42 AM

    A first class gentleman. I will be sorry to see him go. A calming effect in the locker room. I am sure someone will pick him up.

  2. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 26, 2014 9:43 AM

    fantastic short yardage receiver.
    never was a YAC player, but he did make some crucial catches.

    as an eagles fan, i’ve been critical of Avant.
    In fact, the only passes i’ve seen him drop were TD catches that would have won us games..

    never sat well with me.

  3. fissels says: Feb 26, 2014 9:48 AM

    A class act, sorely needed in the NFL these days.

  4. gohomeweeden says: Feb 26, 2014 9:49 AM

    This guy is so underrated. Somebody is going to get an extremely reliable receiver.

  5. rodeoclownclint24 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:51 AM

    As a cowboys fan iv always respected avant good solid hardworking player and never. Talks just plays

  6. evolrider says: Feb 26, 2014 9:56 AM

    Definitely one of the classier guys in the NFL, but for someone who’s slow and makes their name on being steady presence he has had way too many drops in crucial situations in last two years.

  7. mrhoban says: Feb 26, 2014 10:00 AM

    Sad to see him go. Has an incredible story. He’ll be in Kansas City before long.

  8. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 26, 2014 10:02 AM

    Giants should take him, low cost with great hands and a year in Chip Kelly’s system to mine information from.

  9. jetsmmt says: Feb 26, 2014 10:12 AM

    Hope the Jets pick him up. He would be excellent in Marty’s offense and help Geno a lot.

  10. greymares says: Feb 26, 2014 10:12 AM

    this is when this business stinks. this is a guy that gets it, but can’t do enough to make the team. his locker room presence is his best skill at this time. his receiving skills are mediocre at best but i still hate to see him go.

  11. jpdoc26 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:13 AM

    I once played in a pick up basketball game with Avant. He was really nice and down to Earth. Awesome guy and a good football player for this team for years. I’m going to miss him but it makes sense to let him go.

  12. chaser44 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:13 AM

    would love for them to bring him back on a more reasonable deal. His leadership, hands and clutch 3rd down catches would be welcomed. Why not a 2 yr deal with incentives for a 3rd. Keep him, cooper and draft a young fast receiver to compliment them with djax. Eagles need to keep his leadership.

  13. ingraven says: Feb 26, 2014 10:14 AM

    WoW. This guy has been with the Eagles though…… just about EVERYTHING!!!

  14. ace8842 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:15 AM

    Great locker room guy Avant was, but short on talent.

  15. officialgame says: Feb 26, 2014 10:23 AM

    A willing blocker with great hands but gets virtually no after the catch yards and is not considered a red zone threat. One of the better people in the league and Avant will land on his feet somewhere.

  16. dontouchmyjunk says: Feb 26, 2014 10:25 AM

    One of the good guys. Mediocre player, though.

  17. bmorepositive123 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:28 AM

    Please please please bring him back birds. He’s worth $2M a year for the next few years. He’s worth more to you than to most other teams. It would hurt to see him go to KC

  18. 1509lucky says: Feb 26, 2014 10:31 AM

    Awesome Individual and a total Class Act. His leadership will be sorely missed.

  19. tmatic74 says: Feb 26, 2014 11:06 AM

    It’s not about being classy it’s about being nasty.

  20. absolutsaints says: Feb 26, 2014 11:23 AM

    You cant always get what you Avant

  21. phiddysent says: Feb 26, 2014 11:39 AM

    Certainly not an electrifying player. But if you need a first down or a blocker….he’s your man.

  22. theclink12 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:21 PM

    His blocking skills and locker room leadership make him a great fit in Seattle.

  23. seabreezes51 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:29 PM

    Might make a good coach

  24. eldoradogeorge says: Feb 26, 2014 12:36 PM

    Andy Reid just made in his pants.

  25. vusnu says: Feb 26, 2014 12:49 PM

    Avant’s skill set has been in decline for a couple of years now. While the locker room presence is helpful, players need to produce on the field to earn their keep.

  26. kastout11 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:56 PM

    The most reliable hands on the team. Rarely was a ball thrown to him that he did not catch. He is also probably the classiest guy on the team. When Riley Cooper made those absurd comments, Avant and Vick were the guys that kept the team together. Those comments had all the makings for dividing the locker room, but those two prevented it from happening. I would rather his 40 catches and locker room presence than Cooper or Maclin. However, I think Cooper and Maclin are ideal for Chip’s system.

  27. kastout11 says: Feb 26, 2014 12:59 PM

    Great guy in the room. I am not comparing him to B Dawk, but remember what happened when the Eagles let him go. Three years later, and they are still trying to find someone to fill the void left by his departure.

  28. grumpyoleman says: Feb 26, 2014 1:04 PM

    Would be a great add for the Lions at the right price.

  29. richardmswartz says: Feb 26, 2014 1:06 PM

    Sorry to see Avant go but it’s not just the money, who are you keeping off the field to line up Avant? This is especially important to keep out because the Eagles ought to and probably will be using two tight ends more and more.

  30. realskipbayless says: Feb 26, 2014 1:06 PM

    Highly under rated hope he does well for his next team (unless it’s the ravens)

  31. hereloaded says: Feb 26, 2014 1:47 PM

    Yes indeed… he seems like a really good guy.. never ever ever with the nonsense on the field and didnt hear about anything off the field.. i appreciate that and his efforts over the years as an eagle’s fan.

  32. freepretzels says: Feb 26, 2014 4:57 PM

    Bad mistake. Best hands on the team and the only guy that could get free of press coverage or physical corners.

  33. raiderapologist says: Feb 26, 2014 5:26 PM

    Jason Avant, he’s the man
    Jason Avant has got great hands

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