May 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (81) is interviewed after practice during organized team activities at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Rumors: Jason Avant Could Be Cut By the Philadelphia Eagles

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the Eagles and Jason Avant may be parting ways as a result of the team trying to clear cap space to re-sign Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.

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Speaking of leaders, the Eagles are expected to lose one in Jason Avant. The eight-year veteran’s presence was perhaps most felt in the receiver room, especially after long-time assistant coach David Culley left and followed Andy Reid to Kansas City. Many of the receivers looked at Culley as a father figure and respected him immensely. Avant helped fill that void and kept the group together after videotape of Riley Cooper using a racial slur surfaced in August. New receivers coach Bob Bicknell is in many ways the polar opposite of the free-spirited Culley. Avant often acted as a go-between the intense assistant and DeSean Jackson. The star receiver got into it with Bicknell on the sideline during the Vikings game, but it was hardly the lone time those two had a disagreement.

Avant saw his production dip with the installation of Chip Kelly’s new offense in Philadelphia, hauling in just 43 passes for 468 yards and two touchdowns. PFF graded Avant as a -6 receiver in the passing game, down from the +7.7 he earned in Reid’s final season.

His leadership, however, was a big key in the Eagles’ locker room as you can read from the clip above. Between his relationship with Culley, Reid and the offense, and the likelihood the Chiefs will be bringing in at least one young wide receiver from the draft or undrafted free agency, it would make a ton of sense to add Avant to the team.

Kansas City’s wide receiver problem has as much to do with depth as it does talent. And with Dexter McCluster likely lost to free agency, the depth problem is only going to get worse. Heading into the season with two known productive receivers in Avant and Dwayne Bowe, with Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins pushed back into more reasonable roles could be a very useful thing for the Chiefs. Add in a young wide receiver prospect and the Chiefs’ passing game looks much improved.

What do you think? Should the Chiefs take a long look at Avant if he is indeed released?

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  • Tristian


    • Ben Nielsen


      • Tristian

        He is average at best and has very low speed. I wouldn’t sign him even even for depth

        • Ben Nielsen

          “Average” right now would make him the second best receiver on the team.

          • Tristian

            Highly disagree. I think avery is clearly the second best receiver on the team and if we don’t sign anybody he will be starting again next year at #2. Yeah he has drop problems but he can make plays

          • Ben Nielsen

            PFF Grades from 2011-2013
            Donnie Avery: -21.9
            Jason Avant: +7.4

          • Tristian

            Those are great numbers but thwy don’t tell the whole story. Ill bet Avery has 2 or even 3 times as man touchdowns and catches as avant. Not to mention Avant is purely a number 3 or 4 at best. Lets be honest. Desean Jackson for the first 4 years of his career ran 3 routes. Go out and drag anf thats it. He Couldn’t supplant him or maclin why Would i take a average reciever who didn’t play that much the last 3 years and put him on thechiefs and say we are better because of him? Dont think so we have Hemingway and he at least had height and could do the same things avant does which is get open some of the time and catch most of the time

          • KCMikeG

            Spot on Tristian! Competing against the 3rd or 4th CB makes you score higher than being the #2 just like Andre Roberts for the Cards – good #3/4 but can’t make it as a #2 WR. Avant also brings nothing to the return game and doesn’t have great speed. If given more chances Hemingway will deliver and give Avery a run for the #2 spot.

  • tazer15

    No he’s an avg WR

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Avant would be a great 4th wr and would add to our sales pitch for Maclin. We have Reid, old wr coach, avant, old college qb and gates bbq. Cmon back Jeremy!!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Despite 13 starts, he had only 447 receiving yards in 2013. Reid will probably be interested, but I’m not sure he’s an improvement over Avery or McCluster.

    • KCMikeG

      …or Hemingway and what about Dressler and the rookie we draft? Thanks for the words of wisdom. It seems all it takes is for a player to be available and some are pitching guys to the curb even though they have out performed him. With the extra cap there is no reason why McCluster can’t be resigned and cutting Avery costs $1.5M against the cap so he is worth giving another year to contribute. Continuity is one of the cornerstones in a solid foundation of long term success. If it makes us better fine but change with a hope and a prayer isn’t the answer.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Can’t rely on either Hemingway or Dressler. Neither of them have proven anything in this league. I’m in the re-sign McCluster camp. I still think we need a wide receiver via free agency or the draft. I’m okay with signing Avant if they don’t bring McCluster back though. They’ll need a reliable WR3.

        • berttheclock

          This is not the year when you want to represent any current wide out going into the FA market. Far too many young receivers in the draft are going to diminish the value of the older guys. But, look at my post of a few minutes ago concerning D’Qwell Jackson, the Eagles main LB being cut due to a $4 M bonus coming due. Any value there?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            The only problem with that is, receiver is one of the toughest positions to transition into from the college game. Even the good ones tend to need 2-3 years to blossom. This team is poised to win now. They need at least one significant upgrade at the position.

            As for Jackson, he’d be a fantastic addition to this defense. He and DJ inside would be incredible. Only downside is Jackson will be 31 when the season starts. Still, I’d take him over Akeem Jordan. No doubt in my mind.

  • Jarad

    I think he would be a good, reliable fit for KC. The Chiefs don’t have a lot of cap room to bring in any FA studs. And getting a serviceable WR that can produce right away allows them to go elsewhere in the early rounds of the Draft , Safety/Pass Rusher/TE. Then draft a WR later and give him time to develop. I won’t be heart broken either way, but Alex and this offense could use a reliable WR. Avant being familiar and comfortable with Reids offense is icing on the cake.

  • Arrowhead Magic

    He’s certainly not about to take the top off of a defense, which is probably what Andy wants, but he has reliable hands something that can’t be said about Avery and if he could come cheap then sure. That being said, I still would rather draft a receiver or allow someone already on the roster to step up, such as Jenkins or Hemingway.

  • Michael Shaw

    So I guess nobody is thinking that AJ Jenkins has any chance of becoming a good WR with our club?????

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He has a chance, but you can’t bank on that. We have to shore up the receiving corps as though he won’t. If he pans out, it’s a bonus.

  • berttheclock

    This is not about Avant per se, but, in checking his 2012 and 2013 stats, I noticed a similarity between the systems of Kelly and Reid. Both of them had the majority of passes to 1st) their Number 1 receiver, 2nd) to their RB, 3rd) to their TEs, then, 4th to the receiver on the opposite side of their Number 1. Avant was 4th in receptions in each system.

  • Ryan Langsford

    No. Definitely not a priority. No better than Avery & Dressler (who may surprise) so he’s not the answer.

  • berttheclock

    With the many receivers in the draft, very few current wide outs are going to command any interest in this market, especially, not one who is 30 and slowing. The real thread of an Eagle player cut should be about D’Quelle Jackson, their LB being cut. He still has legs. His ability to stop the run has diminished, but, he can still rush the passer. He is going to have to accept far less than the $7 million range he had attained.

  • antony555

    I know the Chiefs weren’t the only club with salary cap problems, before this increase. We assume Chip Kelly and that front office are idiots, Avant is excess baggage and they hope to upgrade in the draft are by picking up a free agent with more of a upside as well.
    We need to take care of our own first and maybe after March 11 whomever is leaving we then have a clear picture of who we need. I am so inclined to pick up one of these receivers in the draft and that seems all elusive free safety, good enough to play the cover one..
    If it stays the way it is either one of our corners can’t compete against the bigger wide outs by themselves and need that safety in the worst way.
    Lastly how is anyone on the back end going to get to the next level if there is no one on our roster with enough talent to bring them up to speed except Jamaal for now..