Updates from Wednesday, April 9
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun provides financial details of Jason Avant signing with the Panthers:
Jason Avant one-year Panthers deal: $1.05 million, $855,000 salary, $150,000 signing bonus, $45,000 workout bonus— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 9, 2014
In a continued effort to add depth to their wide receiving corps, the Carolina Panthers have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent wide receiver Jason Avant, according to Panthers.com's Bryan Strickland.
The team's official Twitter account confirmed the signing with a photo of a smiling Avant putting pen to paper:
Avant, who will turn 31 this April, has spent the past eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, recording 297 receptions for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns over that time.
Head coach Ron Rivera expressed the team's excitement in acquiring the veteran receiver, per Strickland:
"We are happy to have Jason with the Panthers. He provides a versatile player at receiver and brings good size as well as experience to the position."
Shortly after confirming the acquisition, the team's official Twitter account highlighted Avant's 2013 production with the Eagles:
In 2013, Avant started a career-high 13 games and totaled 38 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns for the #Eagles.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) April 7, 2014
Although Avant's production has been limited over the years, his durability and experience are two key attributes to watch for in 2014. He's played in 14 or more regular-season games in every season since his second year in 2007 and has six playoff appearances under his belt as well.
Good signing for Carolina?
While Avant isn't going to completely fill the void left by the departures of Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn in free agency, he can definitely provide a boost to the NFL's 29th-ranked passing attack in 2014. He joins fellow newcomer wideouts Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood as the Panthers work through an overhaul at the position.
Carolina's offense failed to threaten opposing defenses through the air a year ago and will call on the sure-handed Avant to move the chains throughout the upcoming season. Though not the most dynamic athlete, Avant has proven to be a reliable possession receiver over the years.
With the 2014 NFL draft upcoming, it's possible that Carolina could add another wide receiver to the mix before training camp this summer. But with a plethora of inexperienced wideouts on their roster already, the addition of Avant is sure to loom large next season.
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