Jason Avant To Meet With Carolina Panthers


Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver

Jason Avant

(81) prior to playing the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City’s fallback plan at wide receiver may be on his way somewhere else. Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer is reporting the Panthers will host Jason Avant today.

"Former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jason Avant is scheduled to visit the Panthers on Monday, according to two league sources with knowledge of the situation.…Carolina has signed a pair of free agent receivers to two-year deals – former Pittsburgh and N.C. State wideout Jerricho Cotchery and ex-Tampa Bay receiver Tiquan Underwood."

Adam Teicher wrote this weekend in his mailbag that he thinks the Chiefs are waiting until after the draft before they decide to make a move on Avant. With the news Avant is now meeting with Carolina, Kansas City’s plans may have to change.

It should be noted there may be a receiver or two who becomes available after June 1 when salary cap penalties are spread out and become easier to manage for teams. And few players such as Miles Austin are still still available. All is not completely lost if the Chiefs lose their safety option at wide receiver.

Still, this puts more pressure on the Chiefs to find a receiver or two in the draft who can come in a compete immediately. This, of course, Kansas City thinks A.J. Jenkins and Weston Dressler are ready for a bigger role than we previously assumed.