Eagles release veteran WR Avant, save $4 million in cap space
MAR 04, 2014 2:00p ET
Avant, who played eight seasons in Philly, was due a $1 million roster bonus in the coming weeks and the move will save the team nearly $4 million in salary cap space.
“There’s no question that releasing a player like Jason is one of the toughest parts of the job,” general manager Howie Roseman said in a team release. “It’s a tough day when you have to say goodbye to player who you have so much respect for. I can’t thank him enough for the leadership, the big plays and the positive impression he made on so many of his teammates.”
Avant played in all 16 games last season, racking up 38 receptions for 447 yards and two touchdowns. His real value was in the locker room where he had a strong presence and made an impact on several young players. One example was recently reported in Philly as DeSean-Jackson-trade.html" adhocenable="false">Avant was apparently often a "go-between" for Eagles Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson and WRs coach Bob Bicknell, including this incident.