I know this is probably going to piss a lot of you guys off, but it's something I have been thinking about for a while now so just bare with me...
I've been thinking that Avant may not be here next season, it seems like a typical Eagles move to trade a guy like Avant and sell high to get some kind of value for him (i.e a draft pick, package him in a trade for another trade etc.).
For the support I'd like to take Greg Lewis into consideration. Lewis was our teams slot guy up until Avant took over, Lewis was a guy who'd move outside from time to time to fill in like Avant does.. Lewis like Avant was very good at his job. Here a look at Lewis:
Years in Philly: 6 years.
2003- 11 games, 0 starts, 6 catches for 95 yards and 0 TD's
2004- 16 games, 3 starts, 17 catches for 183 yards and 0 TD's. Also added 4 rushes for 16 yards and 0 TD's.
*2005- 16 games, 16 starts, 48 catches for 561 yards and 1 TD. He also added 2 rushes for 13 yards and 0 TD's.
2006- 16 games, 3 starts, 24 catches for 348 yards and 2 TD's.
2007- 15 games, 1 start, 13 catches for 265 yards and 3 TD's.
2008- 16 games, 0 starts, 19 catches for 247 yards and 1 TD.
Now I realize Lewis was sometimes the 4th WR, but for the most part he was the guy who played in the slot and who's role resembles that of Avant's... In '07 and '08 Avant was the slot WR from what I remember.. But to fully understand what I'm talking about let's look at Avants stats:
Years in Philly: 6 years
2006- 8 games, 3 starts, 7 catches for 68 yards and 1 TD.
2007- 15 games, 5 starts, 23 catches for 267 yards and 2 TD's.
2008- 15 games, 6 starts, 32 catches for 377 yards and 2 TD's.
2009- 16 games, 9 starts, 41 catches for 587 yards and 3 TD's.
2010- 16 games, 3 starts, 51 catches for 573 yards and 1 TD.
So with both of their stats you can see very similar production from both players, Avant has produced a little more than Lewis did, and he's been a monster in the Playoffs too.. We got a 5th round pick in return for Lewis, I could see the Eagles sending Avant to a WR needy team like the Panthers, Redskins, Bills, Bengals, Jaguars, Bears, and the Rams for decent pick in 2012, or packaging him with another player and trading him for a much higher pick.
8 games, 1 start, 11 catches for 111 yards and 1 TD. He also added 9 rushes for 29 yards with 0 TD's.
13 games, 2 starts, 7 catches for 117 yards and 1 TD.
A quick look at both players would show that they're both following the production of Lewis and Avant so far, however we see Cooper more as the pure WR where as Hall's pretty much that gadget player Andy always likes to have.. If we were to trade Avant and promote from within I'd place my money on Cooper being the guy in the Slot because of his size (6'3, 222lb's) and speed (4.52 40 time) while Chad remains the 4th WR and gadget guy.