Dec 9, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (81) during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers Sign Jason Avant


Kansas City Chiefs’ safety valve is now in Carolina. Multiple reports say the Panthers have signed Andy Reid‘s former receiver to a one-year deal.

This isn’t a disaster for the Chiefs, but the pressure to find productive players in the draft is now increasing. Reid’s offenses is noted for taking a while to absorb so finding rookies who will be able to step in and be successful will not be an easy task. Avant’s knowledge and success in the system is what made him such an attractive option. Now that option is gone.

There are a few players out there who could potentially be appealing to the Chiefs, but one would think the Chiefs will stay away from signing anyone until after the draft in May. Options could increase in June when some roster cuts may be made to save salary cap room but one would imagine those players could be out of Kansas City’s payroll limit.

Good news here is Reid’s offense is based on distribution and not on having one elite receiver, so finding a receiver or two who fill a small role within the offense will be easier than trying to find Dez Bryant. For this reason there is no reason to panic. Still, stress to find the right guy may be mounting at Arrowhead.

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  • Andy

    Rats, for all the reasons above (knowing Reids offense), not to mention his character, route running and he can catch the ball. We missed out on this one. The pressure is on to find players in the draft.

    I trust Reid and Dorsey, I trust Reid and Dorsey, I trust Reid and Dorsey…

    • berttheclock

      Avant is, also, a solid blocker. Some posters have said that is not as important as catching passes, but, I wonder what the response by Charles might be.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I’m starting to think Reid is just REALLY high on A.J. Jenkins.

    • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

      Actually AJ was great at Illinois and started to really shine and the later games last season. Look at the playoff game, he had a big catch in the clutch and didn’t drop it. I see it coming along for AJ…just my opinion

      • unclejesse40

        I agree, if you go back and watch some of his highlights from Illinois you see a WR that I think fits Reids system. Like the article said, he just needs time to learn it. and the guy is just flat out fast, and you can’t teach fast!

    • Pessimisticchiefsfan

      I really hope not.

  • Michael Shaw

    I saw some flashes of Jenkins starting to finally grasp Reid’s offense, so Stacy might be right…….GO CHIEFS!!!