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Panthers hosting Jason Avant on Monday

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While it’s not the former Eagles receiver most Panthers fans wanted to see come to Charlotte, any former Eagles receiver will help improve the Carolina depth at this point, up to and including Harold Carmichael.

Fortunately, a slightly more recent former Eagles wideout will visit the Panthers on Monday:  Jason Avant.

Cut earlier this year after the Eagles re-signed Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, Avant has drawn limited interest on the open market.

A seven-year veteran, Avant started a career-high 13 games in 2013.

The Panthers cut Steve Smith and lost Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn to free agency.  Since then, the Panthers have added Tiquan Underwood and Jerricho Cotchery.  G.M. Dave Gettleman opted not to pursue aggressively big-name free agents like DeSean Jackson, Kenny Britt, and Hakeem Nicks.

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39 Responses to “Panthers hosting Jason Avant on Monday”
  1. nviverson says: Apr 6, 2014 9:29 PM

    Hooray for the Panthers trying to sign someone with an NFL catch under his belt!

  2. bennyb82 says: Apr 6, 2014 9:31 PM

    The decision to part with Steve Smith looks worse with every passing day.

  3. cobirdsfan says: Apr 6, 2014 9:33 PM

    Classy dude, selfless player, a natural leader for the locker room and the field. Casualty of the “business” of the NFL, I would say and I hope the Panthers (or any organization that would utilize his talents) pick him up.

    And PS, DeSean doesn’t get the Miracle in the Meadowlands II Punt Return if it’s not for a key block Avant throws down, separating his shoulder in the process.

  4. noneckinc says: Apr 6, 2014 9:34 PM

    He is not top flight, however a great lunch pal receiver. Made plays when he had to. Great character in the locker room. A variety solid player as a veteran, till younger receivers are ready to take the reins. Will miss him in Philadelphia.

  5. weaponxdawk says: Apr 6, 2014 9:35 PM

    Avant is a Beast! Best hands in the league, great team player in Philly.

  6. jdphx says: Apr 6, 2014 9:39 PM

    Gotta love ANY Harold Carmichael reference!
    One of my faves…

  7. chrisswitzer2189 says: Apr 6, 2014 9:40 PM

    was hoping washington would bring him in and cut aldrick robinson would be a good 4/5 wr

  8. jeromegarcia says: Apr 6, 2014 9:50 PM

    Jacksonville Jags will have the best WR depth this season.

    #DiamondDaveCaldwell
    #Top5Defense
    #AllInWithGus

  9. stl333 says: Apr 6, 2014 9:50 PM

    Carolina needs a new O line and WR corps. Interesting to see their play in the draft

  10. phillyphannnn83 says: Apr 6, 2014 9:53 PM

    Certainly an excellent #4, money on 3rd down, catches a high % of balls thrown his way and an even higher # that touch his hands. Great in the locker room, wish he was still in ours.

  11. junkmtb says: Apr 6, 2014 9:55 PM

    Please sign this Avant GMAN!!! Just do it!!!

  12. pantherfan40 says: Apr 6, 2014 10:00 PM

    yesssssssssssssssssss!

  13. bassplucker says: Apr 6, 2014 10:06 PM

    Is it just me or does it seem like Avant has been in the league a LOT longer than 7 years?

  14. statsdolie says: Apr 6, 2014 10:13 PM

    Class act true professional

  15. greymares says: Apr 6, 2014 10:16 PM

    He’s only gone from Philly because they’re turning Ertz into the slot receiver

  16. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 6, 2014 10:36 PM

    i think ray carruth is available. call his p.o.

  17. rjkilla says: Apr 6, 2014 10:55 PM

    i’m waiting to hear ricky proehl was released and they don’t even have a WR coach

  18. janvanflac says: Apr 6, 2014 11:00 PM

    Has lost a step, and never had much speed to begin with but has phenomenal hands, is a great route runner, great blocker, and great teammate.

  19. cletusvandam says: Apr 7, 2014 1:13 AM

    Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant as the two starting WR’s in CAR… I don’t care for Cam Newton but even I feel sorry for him.

  20. ppletr says: Apr 7, 2014 1:22 AM

    Great 3rd down guy….good luck wherever you wind up…

  21. 49erfan44 says: Apr 7, 2014 1:30 AM

    Dude has HANDS!

  22. luz56 says: Apr 7, 2014 1:41 AM

    Not sure what they are trying to accomplish there in Carolina??? Talk about taking one step forward during the season then three back after the season

  23. madmikepromo says: Apr 7, 2014 3:12 AM

    Okay now.. Who in the hell is the Panthers GM?

  24. SAV says: Apr 7, 2014 6:06 AM

    Panthers picked a good year to clean house at WR. Plenty of talent. They just need to draft at least 3 of them and the reality is, they little needs elsewhere on the field.

  25. philyeagles5 says: Apr 7, 2014 7:03 AM

    Good player but sometimes his hands turn to stone.

  26. jrbtoo says: Apr 7, 2014 8:28 AM

    Am I reading this right ?

    The Eagles cut Avant and the Panthers cut Smith ?

    Where is the NFLPA ? this needs to be investigated !

    What is going on in the NFL these days.

    Teams cutting players they don’t want

    I am appalled !

    Jason is a good receiver and a great guy get him while you can Carolina

  27. 700levelvet says: Apr 7, 2014 9:16 AM

    Avant is becoming a rarity in the NFL.. A man, not a punk, not a diva, just a man who gives 100 percent effort and strives to use his abilities as best he can. He never was a top notch superior athlete, but he has more brains than two thirds of the “professionals” he dresses with on game day. He will be in the league long after his playing days are over. As a coach or in a administration role. A man’s man and a classy guy…

  28. panthro79 says: Apr 7, 2014 9:52 AM

    Gettleman brought in journeymen FAs last year and we went 12-4. Once he clears Hurney’s contract mistakes the Panthers will be a perennial playoff team.

  29. humpofdc says: Apr 7, 2014 9:54 AM

    Philly receiving corp looks like a pack of scrubs!

  30. willkill4caffeine says: Apr 7, 2014 9:55 AM

    chrisswitzer2189 says: Apr 6, 2014 9:40 PM

    was hoping washington would bring him in and cut aldrick robinson would be a good 4/5 wr
    _________________________________

    The Redskins would never bring in Avant. They don’t concern themselves with silly things like class, leadership, and guys who give back to the community. Let’s be real here.

  31. qdog112 says: Apr 7, 2014 10:33 AM

    Avant and Cotchery are the same guy. Both are good complimentary WRs, but in Carolina, they are being asked to be primary. Their age and limited abilities make you scratch your head.

    The reliance and hope for the draft may exist, but history shows that college WRs take a year or two, to develop. Can Underwood be a WR1 or are we looking to get one from the draft?

    Either way, there is a reason you want your WR1 to be a vet, even though there are several good ones to choose from, who is a WR1 as a rookie?

    My SLEEPER is Martavis Bryant, Clemson. Again, the learning curve is too steep for all of them 1st year.

  32. junkmtb says: Apr 7, 2014 10:47 AM

    Well the way I see it, regardless of the different opinions on here, if Avant is a better product and option than Lafell, then it’s a good pick up IF we sign him.

  33. motsuret06 says: Apr 7, 2014 12:37 PM

    Avant is still a #3 or #4 receiver but would be a good addition is signed. The Panthers needs to sign a veteran OT soon. Byron “Turnstile” Bell is not the answer at LT. A decent PR/KR would be nice also. Barner and Pilares not he answer here either. Avant is a good prospect and I hope they sign him.

  34. richardmswartz says: Apr 7, 2014 1:00 PM

    Here’s to hoping Avant gets signed. He’s a great guy. He is also very reliable in terms of receiving. The knock on him will be because of his lack of athleticism he gets less and less effective as the field gets smaller but he’ll definitely help you get in the red zone.

  35. pantherfan40 says: Apr 7, 2014 1:07 PM

    Dont feel sorry for cam when hes passing all over your sorry defence buddy . People including some panther fans acting like our seasons over because we dident make much moves in the freeagency . We got the draft thats where the stars come from not the freeagency keep pounding panther fans and keep getting pounded all other teams

  36. jlbay says: Apr 7, 2014 1:53 PM

    As has been said, Avant has great hands and is a wonderful lock room presence. It shouldn’t be under estimated the impact a guy with his character could have on rookie WRs that Carolina might draft. Avant one of the best work ethics in the NFL, puts the team above himself and gets every last ounce out of his abilities.

    A really good possession receiver who just isn’t tall enough to be the jump ball type of dominate receiver and isn’t fast enough to be the stretch the field dominate receiver. He is just a good route running possession receiver, gets open by out smarting the defense not on athletics alone.

  37. cardiaccatsbackin2013 says: Apr 7, 2014 2:19 PM

    To the person who says WRs take a few seasons to make an impact, Megatron, Keenan Allen, Randy Moss and Keyshawn Johnson all beg to differ. It really depends on how well the WR fits into the system … Gettleman is the guy who unearthed an undrafted gem in Victor Cruz … But let’s not let facts get in the way of everything …

  38. jbeagles23 says: Apr 7, 2014 4:47 PM

    Whoever previously said up there avants hands turns to stone is an idiot. The guy didn’t drop a pass for two straight seasons. He isn’t the most gifted athlete but throw the ball his way and pick up yards every time. He was under utilized in Philly

  39. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Apr 7, 2014 5:55 PM

    everything Jackson isn’t..sign him Carolina you will not regret it

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