The Eagles have announced that they have released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant. It was partially a salary cap move as the eight-year veteran carried a $3.96 million cap hit for the 2014 season and had a $1 million roster bonus due on March 15th. It was just last week a report surfaced the Eagles could be moving on without Avant.
The soon-to-be 31-year-old was undoubtedly the leader in the Eagles locker room which makes the idea of the team continuing without him difficult. Avant has been a great possession receiver with even better hands so, for a fourth-rounder, he had been an absolute steal for the Eagles. Unfortunately, he seemed a bit out of place in Chip Kelly's offense as he does not have that "big-play potential" that seemingly every other offensive player on Philadelphia offers.
Avant caught 38 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. His 38 passes and 447 yards were the lowest since he only caught 32 passes for 377 yards in 2008. The Eagles' 2006 fourth-round pick only averaged 2.4 yards-after-catch (YAC) in 2013 which was also his lowest since 2008.
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