It is obvious to everyone that watches the Eagles play, or has an eye out for the numbers across the NFL (stats and contracts) that Jason Avant is about to be overpaid by quite a bit and shouldn't have a place in the offense. So the question is what do we do with a team leader, a fan favorite, and a longtime Philadelphia Eagles player? There are certain options that will pop into everyone's head here: cut him, restructure him, keep him. But I am going to propose a new method that will not only keep our beloved Avant here in Philadelphia, still reap his veteran presence, not harm the team in the future and keep the good spirits in Philly. The Eagles can give Avant a year deal, that essentially overpays him and keep him as the bottom receiver on the team. That is to say Avant's cap number this year is 2.7M, and 3.96M next year, so we should restructure him to a 1 year deal giving him 3.5M+(variable) on the year and cut him next year. That is the basic premise of the plan.
There are a number of reasons why this can benefit both parties involved. If you subscribe to the philosophy that the team is truly for the fans and that given the NFL is a business there is little loyalty from player to team, we should at least consider the thought of loyalty from fan to player. Jason Avant has been a professional for us for years, he has bailed us out, he has seen bad times with us, he has seen good times with us, Avant is one of us (if he would like to be). I like his legacy that he has with the team and fans, even though his body and skills are no longer helping us. Furthermore, this contract will reward him for his hard work, his professionalism, his attitude, and his leadership over the years. On top of that we also get to reap the rewards of all those years of wisdom and leadership playing in the NFL, which Avant can give to the younger guys, and should be of indescribable amounts of value. I believe that within each positional group there should be one leader that is not a coach who can teach everyone the right way, Avant is that guy and there is no one else in our current WR group that can teach, lead, and set straight any negatives (in general, attitude, habits, etc). There is no malcontent from Avant for not playing because he is getting a ridiculous amount of money to not play, and he will still be of use to us as a 5th string receiver. And for anyone complaining that this will hurt the team, this is given that there is cap to use for this year, and only for one year because of the business aspect that he should have been cut anyways this year. We can always give back to players that give to us and that is how I propose we reward Avant for his term.
Should it even be necessary to reward Avant for his attitude (etc.) given that he has made over 10M+ playing for us and is at his core a dispensable employee, who was already paid for his work (the basic premise of being an employee). I think that is question that fans around the NFL should ask about there favorite, aging players. Furthermore, from the front office's standpoint this plan seems to be a waste of 3.5M that given Avant's leadership role should go to a real coach instead? Also I don't know how to reach Howie Roseman or Chip Kelly to get this idea to them, but it was something I was thinking about and wanted to share with you guys. Also there will be concern that this method is only possible because there is cap room for this upcoming year, and in future years for situations like this, this solution won't be possible. Is it fair to the future players that also want this? For that problem I propose that Avant not necessarily get 3.5M but still overpaying him. I think if we are concerned with loyalty and good faith we can work something out for both parties.
Summary: Give Avant an overpaid one year contract to sit on the bench and teach/lead then let him go next year.