The Philadelphia Eagles locked up Riley Cooper on a five-year, $25 million contract earlier today, and though we told you earlier that the Eagles aren’t close to a contract with soon-to-be free agent receiver Jeremy Maclin quite yet, it appears that the team is going to let another one of their pass-catchers go.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 27, 2014
We here at AA have been discussing the merits of Avant versus incumbent Chiefs receiver Donnie Avery versus Maclin. Though it would appear that Maclin would be the clear-cut favorite to make his way to Kansas City, I’m not discounting what Avant could do for this team.
He’s been with head coach Andy Reid for a long time and knows the offense. Having that experience to help with younger receivers could be invaluable while he’s still producing on the field as well. Avant has never been a “difference maker” with the Eagles, but he’s been a steady 500-yards per season with a couple of touchdowns kind-of-guy.
With Dexter McCluster possibly walking in free agency, having a guy like this step in and take some reps couldn’t be a bad idea. Could it?