Carolina Panthers bringing in a veteran receiver on Monday

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We reported last week that the Carolina Panthers would be bringing in former Atlanta Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud for a visit on Monday. It looks like he’ll have some company as former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant will also be brought in on Monday. The former Michigan Wolverine started a career high 13 games last season in Philly and has 297 career catches in his eight NFL seasons.

The Panthers are still very slim at wide receiver after cutting Steve Smith and losing Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency. Carolina already signed veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood earlier this offseason, but the 30-year old Avant would still likely be a starter and could potentially be had at a strong value, just like Cotchery and Underwood. It should also be noted that general manager Dave Gettleman has some familiarity with Avant since his Eagles played Gettleman’s former club, the New York Giants, twice a year.

Should Carolina sign Avant, it would further the notion that the Panthers will take an offensive lineman in the upcoming NFL Draft, as many mock drafts have predicted.

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