Thanks to the emergence of Nick Foles and Riley Cooper, the Philadelphia Eagles were one of the biggest surprises of the 2013 season as Chip Kelly helped the team bounce back from a disappointing 4-12 finish the year before and win the NFC East title before falling to the New Orleans Saints on Wild Card Weekend. Unfortunately though, all of the surprise success from last season in the wide receiver department leaves the Eagles with a few tough decisions this offseason–especially when it comes to Jason Avant.
One of the top Philadelphia Eagles rumors this week involves how the team is expected to part ways with Avant. Philadelphia already has plenty on their plate when it comes to decide the future of Cooper and Jeremy Maclin with the team and when throwing Avant’s name into the mix–it looks like the wideout could be the odd-man out.
Avant is coming off a 2013 season in which he caught 38 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns, but it’s difficult to imagine him posting similar numbers next year if the Eagles managed to bring both Cooper and Maclin back. Philadelphia has always loved having Avant in the lineup over the last eight years as he’s been considered one of the most dangerous third-down receivers at times, but from a financial perspective–parting ways would make sense on Philadelphia’s end.
To pay Avant $3.96 million on top of the $1 million roster bonus he’s due to make in March–it just wouldn’t be worth it for a player who would be the No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver on the Eagles in 2014 depending on what happens with Cooper and Maclin.