The Panthers waived wide receiver Jason Avant on Tuesday, according to FOX Sports writer Mike Garafolo. The veteran pass catcher signed with Carolina this past offseason after he was released by the Eagles.
Avant gained 201 receiving yards and a touchdown on 21 catches for the Panthers this season. He served as depth receiver for the much-maligned unit and played in all 11 of their games this season. He was able to play in Philadelphia as a member of the Panthers in Week 10, as his team was blown out by the score of 45-21. He had one catch for eight yards in that contest.
He questioned the Panthers play-calling after a Week 11 loss to the Falcons, according to the Charlotte Observer's Joe Person. Avant may have been released in order to add more opportunities for younger wide receivers, according to Person. Philly Brown is likely to be the biggest benefactor of Avant's dismissal.
Avant played eight seasons in Philadelphia after being selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. During his tenure, he served as a reliable slot receiver, known for his blocking prowess and solid hands. The Michigan alum collected 297 catches for 3,646 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while with the Eagles.
He will now be subject to waivers, as all veterans (no matter their experience) are forced to face the process following the trade deadline. Avant may get picked up by a veteran-friendly team like the Patriots or Colts to provide some added special teams help. If he goes unclaimed, he will immediately become a free agent as of Wednesday afternoon.