Panthers sign former Eagles WR Jason Avant

Panthers sign former Eagles WR Jason Avant

April 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Jason Avant signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Monday afternoon. (Courtesy of Carolina Panthers)

The Carolina Panthers signed former Eagle Jason Avant to a one-year contract on Monday afternoon.

The 6-0, 210-pound wide receiver was selected by the Eagles in the fourth round (109th overall) out of Michigan in the 2006 draft.

After six straight years of increased receptions, the 30-year-old saw his numbers plummet under first-year head coach Chip Kelly.

Avant finished the 2013 season with 38 receptions -- 15 less than 2012 -- and 447 receiving yards, his lowest totals since 2008.

"We are happy to have Jason with the Panthers," Carolina head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement released by the team. "He provides a versatile player at receiver and brings good size as well as experience to the position."

Although never considered a big-time receiver, Avant provided good hands, a reliable third-down target and durability -- he missed just four games over the last seven years.

“I knew [being released] was likely, but you never know in those situations,” Avant said on March 4 in a sit-down interview with Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn (see story). “I was 99 percent sure but there was still that one percent chance.

“But at the same time, I really respect the Eagles for letting me know so soon, so I can be on the market before free agency. That’s beneficial to you rather than go into it with 100 other players.

“The relationships with the media members, my teammates and fans here, church family, all those people. Those are the things that I’ll miss.”

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