Few teams in the NFL are more desperate for wide receiver help than the Carolina Panthers, so it only makes sense free agent wideout Jason Avant would be of interest to the reigning NFC South champions.
Avant, who has spent his entire NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, is scheduled to visit the Panthers on Monday afternoon, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Avant, who will turn 31 in two weeks, was released last month in a cost-cutting move by the Eagles. The former fourth-round pick, who played his first eight seasons in Philadelphia, would have had a $4 million cap charge this year for the Eagles.
Carolina fans wanted the Panthers to pursue former Philadelphia wideout DeSean Jackson when he was released. But because of Jackson’s baggage, the Panthers were not interested.
Carolina's depth chart at receiver is far from imposing, with Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood currently penciled in as the starting wide receivers, so Avant would certainly find himself in the mix for significant playing time if he and the Panthers could find middle ground on a contract.
Outside of Carolina, Avant hasn't drawn much interest, though there were rumblings that Kansas City had its eyes on Avant -- Chiefs coach Andy Reid is of course familiar with Avant from his time in Philadelphia. However, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com doesn't believe the Chiefs will explore signing Avant until after the NFL draft, which should give Carolina a perfect opportunity to swoop in.
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