According to multiple reports, former Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jason Avant has been signed the Kansas City Chiefs. Avant was released earlier this week by Carolina after reportedly questioning the play-calling in the Panthers' Week 11 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
It's hardly a surprise to learn that Avant has landed in Kansas City. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is very fond of his former Eagles players. Reid drafted Avant in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft at pick No. 109 overall. Avant becomes the fifth former Eagles player on the Chiefs' roster. Other names include: safety Kurt Coleman, linebacker Joey Mays, and offensive linemen Ryan Harris and Mike McGlynn.
Avant played eight seasons in Philadelphia, and seven of those were with Reid at head coach. 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.
The Chiefs apparently needed some more depth at wide receiver so Avant makes sense for them. Note that the Chiefs haven't had a wide receiver score a touchdown for them this season. At 31, Avant's most productive days are clearly behind him, but he's a player Reid can trust.
Avant made out pretty well in this situation. He went from being stuck on a miserable 3-7-1 Panthers team to a 7-4 Chiefs team that's in the hunt for the NFL playoffs. Of course, I'll just conveniently leave out the fact that Kansas City lost to the winless Oakland Raiders on Thursday night