Sunday night we reported that the Carolina Panthers were bringing in former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant for a visit on Monday. Apparently it went well because Avant came away with a new one year contract. The salary isn’t clear at this time, but it’s likely a low, cap friendly number given Carolina’s situation.
There’s a strong chance that Avant, 30, will come in and fill one of the starting receiver positions. The former Michigan Wolverine started a career high 13 games for the Eagles in 2013 and has 297 career catches in eight NFL seasons.
The Panthers had lots of success with similar one year “prove it” type deals last year with veterans such as Mike Mitchell and Ted Ginn Jr. Of course the downside of this is that Ginn and Mitchell were so good last season that they became too expensive. So while Avant may be a nice short term fix, he may not be a player that will have years to develop chemistry with Cam Newton.
The presence of Avant, in addition to veteran newcomers Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood, likely frees up the Panthers to take an offensive lineman in the upcoming NFL Draft, as many mock drafts have already predicted.