The Philadelphia Eagles have some decisions to make at the wide receiver position. It sounds right now as if they prefer Jeremy Maclin to Riley Cooper and it may come down to price between the two veteran receivers.
They also have another issue. They don’t have a true slot receiver that fit’s the standard of today’s NFL. Jason Avant has manned the position the past few seasons, but right now he is simply a poor fit in Chip Kelly’s offense.
Kelly craves athletes at practically every position. That includes the slot where he traditionally has utilized a quick, shifty, and explosive type receiver on the inside; Avant while solid and dependable, is none of those things.
Don’t get me wrong, Avant is a great guy to have in the locker room. He is a vocal team leader and has some of the best character on the team. His time just may be up physically. Avant is 30 years of age and that is the magic number for skill position players to go on the decline.
Avant was never a miraculous athlete but the explosion and change of direction he once had is slowly dissipating. The Eagles could really shake up the receiver position this offseason. They certainly have the opportunity.
The free agent and draft pool is loaded at the wide receiver position more so than in recent seasons. If the Eagles lost out on Cooper and cut ties with Avant, there will be plenty of options to replace both with potentially more dynamic players that fit better into what Kelly is doing.
Avant was a heck of an Eagle but his time is up.