The Eagles are expected to release veteran wide receiver Jason Avant before his $1MM roster bonus is due next month, tweets Adam Caplan of SiriusXM. Avant’s $1MM roster bonus is due on March 15th and they’ll save $3.25MM once he’s cut loose.
Avant, well-regarded within the organization and locker room, is coming off of his least productive season since 2008. While teammate Riley Cooper took a seismic step forward in 2013, Avant hauled in just 38 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns across 14 games. That’s a far cry from his 2012 campaign where he caught 53 passes for 648 yards, good for 46.3 yards per game average.
The Eagles agreed to a four-year deal with Cooper earlier this week that will keep Nick Foles‘ favorite target in Philadelphia for quite a while. Meanwhile, they continue to work on a new deal with the ultra-athletic but oft-injured Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles want to sign him to a multi-year pact while his value is low while Maclin is looking for a one-year, make-good deal.