Avant agrees to five-year deal in Philadelphia

J. Avant.jpgThe Eagles took care of one of their own Monday, signing slot receiver Jason Avant to a five-year contract.

Avant was a restricted free agent, but the deal ensures he won’t have to worry about the uncertainties of the uncapped year and possible lockout next year. 

The fourth-year pro has steadily improved in his career, catching a career high 41 passes last season.

Once a position of ridicule in Philadelphia, the Eagles have one of the youngest and most stable groups in the league.  DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Avant all should be catching passes for the Eagles for a long time.

(Now we just need to figure out who will be throwing them the ball.)

72 responses to “Avant agrees to five-year deal in Philadelphia

  1. Another good, but not surprising move. I’m glad the offense is getting to where Andy wants it, but they have to get the D back in order to get to the playoffs this year.

  2. “Once a position of ridicule in Philadelphia, the Eagles have one of the youngest and most stable groups in the league. DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Avant all should be catching passes for the Eagles for a long time.”
    Somehow it’ll still be the “lack of a receiving core” that will prevent McNabb from winning a Super Bowl. You know, sorta like when he had Terrell Owens.

  3. Again, another decent move by the Birds. If Kevin Curtis were to make some sort of miraculous recovery, we might never have to run the ball again.

  4. GREAT signing. The epitome of a SLOT receiver. His hands are by far the best on the team and I for one am glad he is going to be a reliable target for years to come.

  5. Great. Now let’s get somebody who can throw to them, and let’s address those holes that Dallas so magnificently exposed last year.

  6. Now if only they could find a QB to win the division multiple times and get them a trip to the superbowl.

  7. Who will be throwing them the ball???
    That should be an easy question to answer…Donovan McNabb!
    They need to sign him to an extension next. We gotta ride or die with #5 man…every Philly fan knows it….Kolb is unproven and very scary to imagine as our full time starter. Vick is great to have around if other teams don’t want him. Now all we need to do is to call more run plays and get a better defense and Philly will be a force again.

  8. Haha this is our best move? Our defense is Swiss cheese. We needed a DE. Peppers, the best DE in the league is available. Make no real push for him.
    Needed a Safety. Antrel Rolle is available. While he is not the best safety. We allow him to go to NY, making our rival better.
    We did need a good change of pace back, and in my opinion Chester Taylor was the best available. How can a team like the Bears pick these two players up without the Eagles even being in the conversation. Both Peppers and Taylor said they wanted to win a Super Bowl and they obviously feel Chicago is closer to doing that than Philly. Makes me sick.

  9. So glad they signed him to an extension. He may not be the best receiver on the Eagles, but when it’s 3rd down and we’re throwing he’s the one I hope gets the look. Solid hands and, as WildBirdOffense said, a reliable target.
    Regardless of the QB situation, it looks like the offense should be pretty consistent for the next several years. Now if we could get the defense back to what it used to be, we’d be set.

  10. @djzato
    Are you serious? I would rather start over with Kevin Kolb, than suffer through another 10-6 or 11-5 season only to lose in the NFC championship.
    Go through a few 6-10 or 7-9 seasons, build up the offensive line and defense, and take a real shot at winning it all.

  11. We’ve been dying with #5 for 11 years. It’s obvious he can’t win the big game. How many more times does he need to prove it? He is a good QB, just not a big game QB. Yes, we don’t know what Kolb can or can’t do but we already know what McChoke can do. Puke in the superbowl. Air mail his throws or kill worms when he short hops his WRs.
    It’s great they signed 2 of the offensive guys. Now get someone in here who can actually play some defense. They desperately need a safety and another good defensive end.

  12. “GREAT signing. The epitome of a SLOT receiver.”
    haha seriously? You need to look the word “epitome” up. 8 career TDs in four seasons and 12.6 yards per catch average? This is a poor man’s Todd Pinkston.

  13. So far, and in retrospect, this free agent season is more successful than was last years.
    Without a single new face.

  14. @oldblue
    I feel you man, but you gotta understand that they don’t wanna win a Superbowl half as bad as being overpaid millionaires. That my friend, is first on their priority list. As it would be if you or me would be in that situation.
    You know that the Eagles like to address their needs via the draft, for the most part. The Bears didn’t have a 1st or a 2nd rd pick…so they broke the bank on two old guys who’s best years are behind them.
    Antrell Rolle? The Giants made him the highest paid safety in NFL history….why??? Desean Jackson and Maclin will be burning him for years to come..you watch.

  15. @ dr fantasy
    Yeah you might never have to run the ball again especially with McNabb throwing the ball at his WR’s toes.

  16. oldblue: We made an offer for Peppers, but who would honestly pay him the amount he got from Chicago and say they weren’t overpaying him. Just because it is an uncapped season doesn’t mean spend spend spend like there’s no tomorrow.
    But I agree with you on the other points, there’s gotta be something brewing that we don’t know about. They can’t honestly say that this team is playoff ready with all of the holes on defense.

  17. djzato says:
    March 8, 2010 9:29 AM
    Who will be throwing them the ball???
    That should be an easy question to answer…Donovan McNabb!
    They need to sign him to an extension next. We gotta ride or die with #5 man…every Philly fan knows it….Kolb is unproven and very scary to imagine as our full time starter. Vick is great to have around if other teams don’t want him. Now all we need to do is to call more run plays and get a better defense and Philly will be a force again.
    ___________________________________
    ahhh so you’re the ONE philly fan with half a brain and decency as a human being

  18. We gotta ride or die with #5.
    We did – for over a decade. We died in Dallas last season.
    It’s over. Not sure how this is hard to see unless you are a youngster who likes watching pointless 10 win seasons. A lot of people in Philly want more.
    Again, I think this is a key difference between the Eagle fan in San Diego and the one in NE Philly. One can’t get his Eagles fix from the nat’l media without having a star player in McNabb, the hometown fans live with the mediocrity every day and want to start over.
    That’s not an insult, just a fact of life. Rebuilding is more palatable when you are in Philly and can read local news and hear 950 and WIP. If you are away, the team becomes invisible.

  19. Jason Avant made 26 first downs on 41 catches giving him a first down % of 63.4%, 128th in the NFL.
    NFCE WRs that had a higher first down % than that (at least 20 catches):
    Devin Thomas 64.0
    Desean Jackson 64.5
    Antwaan Randle El 66.0
    Hakeem Nicks 68.1
    Mario Manningham 71.9
    Miles Austin 72.8
    Patrick Crayton 73.0
    Roy Williams 76.3

  20. The NYG paid way too much for Rolle. He’ll be cut by the end of 2 seasons. Same for the Bears/Peppers.

  21. Avant signing is great. But this should have happened a while ago. All of our FA that were going to be signed should’ve been done so we could focus on other teams FA.
    I like many eagles fans, do not think #5 is going to get it done with the eagles, but the powers to be think he can. If that is the case they need to sign veteran defensive players to make an impact you can’t rely on a rookie to step in at Safety or DE and immediately make an impact. I don’t know if any of the DE’s out there were worth the risk but there are certainly safety’s out there! They need to go sign Atogwe. Forget Rolle he isn’t as good as Atogwe and the money the giants are paying him is stupid.
    I think Atogwe-Vick trade is going to happen at some point… hopefully soon.
    Perhaps a later o-line trade will be done because the current guys aren’t able to get it done. (see the last two dallas games if you contest this).
    Anyways if the Eagles are planning to keep #5 then the time is now so start acting like it. Otherwise pass the reigns over because this is the last year that #5 can get us a 1st round pick (albeit a late one).

  22. @oldblue
    The “best” isn’t always what gets you there. Just ask Darren Sharper…. Anyone consider him the best coming into the season? The Eagles will address their needs properly by signing solid vets and drafting guys who can play the game. As a Browns fan, I have always liked that the Eagles refuse to make a splash in FA. The good teams don’t build through FA, like the Bears are doing. And what has Rolle done to make him the highest paid Safety in the league? Yep, NOTHING!

  23. @ mooch
    Did you take some “make sense” pills this weekend or something? That was brilliant.

  24. The Eagles Defense will be better next year. Injury and the loss of Jim Johnson was a major problem. Bradley will be back, Hobbs will be back and I suspect that the draft will be d heavy.
    The Dawkins loss was a factor, but he didn’t lead Denver to the promised land either.
    Peppers is overrated, and the Eagles did make a good offer. You people seem to forget that there are other teams in the league competing for players and willing to overspend. If money brought championships, Dan Snyder would have 10 rings.

  25. Hey Vox,
    Way to cook the stats. You’re comparing apples and oranges, asking a slot receiver to put up big play stats like Desean, Miles, and Nicks. Here’s the stat you need to recognize:
    37 of Avant’s career receptions have come on third down, and 32 of those catches have resulted in first downs.
    He’s a first down machine. He gets the tough yards, and, when necessary, he can step in for an injured starter and have a monster day.
    He also only cost us a 4th round pick. How much did you guys spend on Roy Williams again?

  26. Another usless stat. Another way of saying a team gets stuck in 3rd and long situations too freaking much.

  27. canadian eagle-
    if he can have a monster game everytime he starts, then why isnt he starting??

  28. Thank you Canadian Eagle!
    Avant is not an every down receiver and Vox is comparing him to players who play every down.
    Avant is a beast!

  29. Vox showing off that he doesn’t understand the different positions on the football field.

  30. “The Eagles Defense will be better next year. Injury and the loss of Jim Johnson was a major problem. Bradley will be back, Hobbs will be back and I suspect that the draft will be d heavy.”
    I think we can patch some holes, but that will likely come with younger draft picks and 2nd tier FA’s. That is not a plan that gets you good ASAP. That takes a few seasons to gel.
    Th scheme also concerns me. McDermott’s use of the DL and LB specifically give me pause. They lacked an up the field interior rush and got screened to death on Asante’s side. That issue was never resolved. We may be looking at a new DC if this season is as bad (and our sked is much tougher in 2010).
    I like Bradley but he will still be recovering from an injury. I did not see anything from Hobbs. Maybe a Macklin signing and Sheldon to FS will occur – but that is more of a patch than a long-term fix. Sheldon is one of my faves, but he is not a young man.
    We have OL needs to, so the draft can only get you so much help. Wouldn’t it be nice to have extra picks?
    Agree with over-spending. But bringing back McNabb makes this a “go for broke” year, no? Else, what is the point? That is what I cannot reconcile.

  31. “Browns fan, I have always liked that the Eagles refuse to make a splash in FA.”
    Uhhh $65 million contract to Jevon Kearse, $56 million contract to Asante Samuel, $30 million contract to Darren Howard, $39 million contract for Stacy Andrews?

  32. I’d settle for a 2nd round pick and maybe a 3rd in next years draft to take mcnabb. get a 3 or 4 in 2011 for Vick (dont expect him to be traded before the draft)
    Kolb is the future whether you like it or not. The defense will be addressed thru the draft. we have a first, second, 2 thirds, and 2 4ths plus whatever we get for mcnabb/vick.
    Kolb will make Andy look like more of a genius than he already is and he will also make 5 look mediorce. Write it down.
    Here’s to Kolb bringing home a 4th Eagles championship in franchise history!!

  33. “Way to cook the stats. You’re comparing apples and oranges, asking a slot receiver to put up big play stats like Desean, Miles, and Nicks.”
    I’m not cooking any stats. Read the comments. That’s what I’m responding to. All this talk of first downs and whatever. Forget Jackson, Austin and Nicks, he’s not putting up numbers to match Randle El, Manningham and Crayton.
    “37 of Avant’s career receptions have come on third down, and 32 of those catches have resulted in first downs.”
    Congrats? Talk about cooking the stats. You just told me that the guy averages like 9 third down catches per season and you want me to be impressed?
    “He’s a first down machine.”
    You gotta be kidding. Guy has 68 first downs in his entire four year career. You’d think that with such a “first down machine”, they could manage better than a 36% conversion rate on 3rd down. That was in the bottom third of the league, by the way. Only 8 teams were worse in that regard.
    “He also only cost us a 4th round pick. How much did you guys spend on Roy Williams again? ”
    Quite a bit more, then again the Cowboys get quite a bit more out of Williams than the 0-3gles get out of Jason Avant. You don’t want to know how Avant compares with undrafted Miles Austin or 7th round pick Patrick Crayton.

  34. “Vox showing off that he doesn’t understand the different positions on the football field.”
    If you have a coherent rebuttal, by all means feel free to state it.
    “Avant is not an every down receiver”
    I think this guy would struggle to be the 3rd guy on any team except the 0-3gles. Come on guys, he’s an afterthought when he’s on the field and he’s got a 12.6 yards per catch average for his career.
    “Avant is a beast!”
    A “beast” that’s not an every down receiver? A “beast” with eight TDs in four seasons?
    Oh yeah, this is the best illustration of the low standards that you guys have.

  35. Career TD’s (in Dallas) for Mr. Roy Williams = 8
    Career TD’s for Mr. Avant = 8
    @ vox: guess it depends on your definition of “quite a bit more?”
    Return on Investment (at least so far) = winner Avant.
    Back to the basement momma’s boy..

  36. @DB26
    I don’t want to take a cheap shot, but Eagles fans have a little more of a high standard for their football team. We don’t just want to make the playoffs like you guys do.
    Also, the Eagles haven’t made big free agent splashes? Seriously? Jevon Kearse? Asante Samuel? Terrell Owens? Really?
    And yea I know the Eagles made an “offer” to Peppers, but it obviously a joke of an offer. Let’s not forget this is the team that let Brian Dawkins walk, opening a huge defensive hole in the secondary.

  37. “Career TD’s (in Dallas) for Mr. Roy Williams = 8
    Career TD’s for Mr. Avant = 8”
    So you’re saying that the guy you’ve had for four seasons has the same number of TDs as a guy the Cowboys have had for a little over a season and a half.
    Congrats?

  38. Anyone remember when Vox disappeared for most of the summer last year? Ah, good times…good times.

  39. Some observations:
    1) My fellow Eagles fans, you’re coming off looking like homers. Avant is a solid blocking possession receiver and a good influence for Jackson and Maclin. He is valuable, but overstating it does him no service and makes you look foolish.
    2) Vox yet again displays his love for stats and failure to understand intangibles. Most teams in the NFL would love to have a guy like Avant in the slot and in the locker room.

  40. This offseason has a real “Mike McMahon” feel to it.
    I think the “high standards” are because, admittedly, we’ve been spoiled by a long string of double digit seasons. But after a while, and a Phillies parade, we want to get to the next level. Getting close is boring, and every fan base that has been successful but doesn’t win ends up here.
    The Knicks got rid of Ewing, the Packers got rid of Favre, the Kings got rid of Divac / Webber, the Texans moved A-Rod, and Wayne went to LA.
    I look at the upcoming Eagles season the way I looked at the 76ers two years ago. Low seed in the playoffs, quick out, no excitement, and no point. Just no point.

  41. I think it is tough to defend Williams vs Avant when you consider the money and picks involved.
    You guys got a better payoff from Galloway.

  42. I really don’t understand all the hype from the people who want to keep McNabb. He has very good stats for his career when one first looks at them.
    Take into consideration the dump and dink passing attack they have used for most of his career and all of the sudden his completion ratio sucks.
    The defense definately needs help but all the three and outs certainly do not make it any easier for them. Sustained drives are the biggest help the offense can give the defense and Philly just does not have many of them.
    I still think the Eagles are close to being a contender but not with McNabb. They simply need someone with more accuracy. This is proven by their success with back ups when McNabb has been hurt during previous seasons.

  43. “canadian eagle-
    if he can have a monster game everytime he starts, then why isnt he starting??”
    ——————————
    Simple, because Desean and Maclin are better. I don’t think there’s any reason to temper expectations, here. We’ve got on of the best young WR threesomes in the league.
    Better than the Cowboys? Absoultely.
    Desean is more explosive than Miles Austin.
    Maclin is a rookie and every team in the league would already take him over Roy Williams.
    Crayton is just a “guy.”
    Oh, and Celek was significantly better than Witten this year: 60 fewer yards, but 6 more TDs.

  44. “You guys got a better payoff from Galloway.”
    Ya, and you got a better payoff from Pinkston.

  45. Mooch says: March 8, 2010 10:30 AM
    It’s over. Not sure how this is hard to see unless you are a youngster who likes watching pointless 10 win seasons. A lot of people in Philly want more.
    Again, I think this is a key difference between the Eagle fan in San Diego and the one in NE Philly. One can’t get his Eagles fix from the nat’l media without having a star player in McNabb, the hometown fans live with the mediocrity every day and want to start over.
    That’s not an insult, just a fact of life. Rebuilding is more palatable when you are in Philly and can read local news and hear 950 and WIP. If you are away, the team becomes invisible.

    On the contrary, I think being in Philly and immersing yourself in the local media can make you more impatient for change even when change isn’t warranted. WIP and the rest of the local media whip people into a frenzy and demand reaction to even the smallest development. The national view is probably a more considered and rational one. It’s a lot like when you have an issue in your family and you seek the opinion of a friend because you’re too close to the situation to fairly evaluate it.

  46. “Vox yet again displays his love for stats and failure to understand intangibles. Most teams in the NFL would love to have a guy like Avant in the slot and in the locker room.”
    Which ones? This should be good.

  47. # .VoxVeritas says: March 8, 2010 10:19 AM
    The way that PFT fawns over JAGs on their favorite teams is hilarious!
    ———————-
    See: Vox Veritas, Roy Williams.

  48. “I think the “high standards” are because, admittedly, we’ve been spoiled by a long string of double digit seasons.”
    Yep, one in a row! Or two of the last five, if you prefer.
    “We’ve got on of the best young WR threesomes in the league.
    Better than the Cowboys? Absoultely. ”
    haha really. REALLY.
    Austin + Williams + Crayton = 156 catches, 2,538 yards and 23 TDs, 16.3 per catch.
    Jackson + Maclin + Avant + Curtis = 165 catches, 2,593 yards and 16 TDs, 15.7 per catch.
    Notice I gave you four guys. Pretty amazing when you consider that the 0-3gles like to pass so much.
    “Desean is more explosive than Miles Austin. ”
    Well you would think so, given the fact that Jackson was a second round draft pick and Austin was undrafted, but I hate to be the one to inform you that you’re wrong. Austin was #2 in the NFL in TD catches (11) and catches for 20 or more yards (21), and neither of the guys in front of him were named Desean Jackson. Austin also has more RAC (555 to 394) and fewer dropped passes (5 to 6) than Jackson.
    “Crayton is just a “guy.”
    Just a “guy” that caught more TD passes in ’09 than every 0-3gles WR not named Jacnson.
    “Oh, and Celek was significantly better than Witten this year: 60 fewer yards, but 6 more TDs.”
    When you have so little else to offer in the way of receivers, defenses will gladly give up the short stuff to TEs. No GM in the NFL would take Celek over Witten, don’t kid yourself.

  49. We gave up two #1’s for Pinkston? When? Based on money and picks I think Pinkston was a better buy than Roy Williams (full disclosure: I soured on him 2 seasons before the trade, man is nothing special).
    FMW –
    Explain how McNabb, now a year older can win the big game he’s never won…with a team probably two full grades worse than the one that were defeated by Carolina and Tampa? That aren’t even as good as the one that lost to Arizona.
    Please. The trend is down. The personnel grades out worse. Sorry, that is the fact.
    For who? For what?

  50. Ya know, that was based off memory, so I went back and looked…
    Pinkston (2002 only)…60 catches / 798 yds / 7 TDs
    Williams (2008+ 2009)…57 catches / 794 yds / 8 TDs
    Galloway (best DAL yr)…61 catches / 908 yds / 6 TDs
    So, yeah, I think from a ROI standpoint (money and picks given to get the player) Pinkston would be better than Williams by far. Galloway had a few other seasons at Stinkston levels of production.
    I wonder who the Seabird took with those picks?

  51. Vox – those picks were parlayed into…
    Shaun Alexander (2000)
    Koren Robinson (2001)
    Ouch.

  52. Didn’t post…
    Pinkston in 2002 – 60 / 798 / 7
    R. Williams 2008+2009 – 57 / 794 / 8
    Galloway best year – 61 /908 / 6
    That’s one season from Pinkston equal to two from Roy. So, yeah, Pinkston was a far better deal.
    Joey had several more Pinkston level seasons, but now I remember he did blow out his knee right after the trade. But it is what it is.

  53. Mooch says: March 8, 2010 3:21 PM
    FMW –
    Explain how McNabb, now a year older can win the big game he’s never won…with a team probably two full grades worse than the one that were defeated by Carolina and Tampa? That aren’t even as good as the one that lost to Arizona.
    Please. The trend is down. The personnel grades out worse. Sorry, that is the fact.
    For who? For what?
    ____________________________________
    Mooch, I think you’re framing the question wrong. It’s not “Explain how McNabb…can win the big game?”, it’s “How can the EAGLES win the big game?” That’s the problem, to me, with the idea that the Eagles will never win with McNabb. The QB is a very important player, obviously, but not the ultimate determinant of success. Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl. Brad Johnson won a Super Bowl. Dan Marino never won a Super Bowl. John Elway was tagged as a guy who “can’t win the big one” just as McNabb is now…until all of a sudden he won two Super Bowls in his late 30s. I was at the NFC Championship against Arizona, and McNabb (along with Celek) was the best player on the field for the Eagles. That team wasn’t as good as this past year’s team, but they got hot at the right time. And there’s no reason to believe they can’t get there again with a better team.
    My problem is with this absolute certainty some people have, borne of frustration and media rabble rousing, that the Eagles cannot win with McNabb. Every Eagles fan is frustrated, even those of us who advocate keeping McNabb another year. But such certainty is more emotional than rational. I believe Kevin Kolb has promise. But for this team, this year, I think McNabb gives us a better shot. I’m just not willing to throw away a guy that consistently gets us into the playoffs for a guy that MAY take us higher or MAY not even get us that far.

  54. LMAO @ Vox.
    Ask ANY unbiased fan that doesn’t cheer for the Eagles or Cowboys who they would rather have Desean or Austin and you will get an overwhelming answer: Desean Jackson hands down.
    Matter of fact, I just asked a Titans fan who he would take and he looked at me like I was crazy and said “Desean Jackson!”.
    There, I did the work for you.

  55. One word, Awesome! Glad to hear it. Avant deserves a deal like that! He is Mr 3rd down! He had the most 3rd down receptions in the NFL Last year..(I Believe)
    Oh and:
    Jackson + Maclin + Avant + Curtis = 165 catches, 2,593 yards and 16 TDs, 15.7 per catch.
    Did Curtis play last year?
    Also I Would rather have that tandem vs the Cowboys wideouts. It is very easy to look at last years numbers when Romo had one of the best years of his career and McNabb had his worst since ’06.

  56. “Vox showing off that he doesn’t understand the different positions on the football field.”
    If you have a coherent rebuttal, by all means feel free to state it.
    No one really needs to “State it” You have already proven that you really do not know much about football. Any moron can go to a stat website and pic and choose the stats that they want to display to look “Football Smart”

  57. @ Vox says:
    “So you’re saying that the guy you’ve had for four seasons has the same number of TDs as a guy the Cowboys have had for a little over a season and a half.”
    Is that the equivalent of “I know you are, but what am I?”
    Return on Investment is hands down in favor of Avant. Williams cost you a #1, #3 and $9M/year……..even you should understand when you’ve been beat @ an argument. Of course, you should also be familiar since I keep putting you in your place, alas you keep coming back like a crack head in the alley…..
    no worries, it’s still fun to hit you with a rolled up newspaper…

  58. .VoxVeritas says:
    March 8, 2010 2:48 PM
    “Vox yet again displays his love for stats and failure to understand intangibles. Most teams in the NFL would love to have a guy like Avant in the slot and in the locker room.”
    Which ones? This should be good.
    ========================================================================
    Not that you’ll come back to check or retort, but here’s a fun little exercise. Since you love stats so much, go to each team’s website and check their receiving leaders. Not counting any RB’s or TE’s, see how many teams would improve with Avant as their #3 receiver.
    I went through the trouble for you since I was feeling generous, and came up with:
    Green Bay, Oakland, Atlanta, Houston, Baltimore, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Carolina, Kansas City, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, St. Louis, Cleveland, New England (yea, really, check out their #3’s stats since you love the numbers so much), Tennessee, New Orleans, Denver, Washington, Detroit and the NYJ.
    Now I realize that some QB’s may go to a RB or TE as a third option rather than checking down to the slot, but if you want to mindlessly spit out numbers I can play that game too.

  59. @ Duck Fallas: Wow….really? You spent a lot of time looking up that lil nugget. LoL
    Impressive find nonetheless

  60. WildBirdOffense
    I’d take Austin cuz he didnt disappear in the big games
    Go Pats

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