The Eagles have released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant. The release of Avant was expected as he as was due a $1M roster bonus on March 15th. Also as expected, the Eagles had nothing but respect for Avant as both a player and a person during his 8 year tenure with the team:
#Eagles Chairman Jeffrey Lurie: There have not been any players who've represented the Eagles with more class and dignity than Jason Avant.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 4, 2014
#Eagles Lurie: In the locker room, on the field or in the community, Avant has always been a true professional, role model and winner.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 4, 2014
Avant saw a significant increase in playing time in 2013 as the primary slot receiver, but a decrease in production, his 38 catches, 447 yards and 2 TDs were his lowest totals since 2008. Coupled with the re-signings of Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin and the return of Arrelious Benn, Avant was deemed expendable. A highly respected leader in the locker room and a tireless blocker, Avant will be best remembered for his great hands (even in the pre-season).