Eagles Release Jason Avant

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The Eagles have released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant, the team announced.

“In the year I spent with Jason, he was unbelievable in terms of his work ethic and his selfless nature,” said Chip Kelly in a statement. “He was a great teammate. We know he will have a chance to sign with another team and by releasing him now, he will have a full offseason to make the necessary adjustments. I had a chance to speak with him today and he handled himself like the true professional he is.”


Avant turns 31 in April and spent eight seasons with the Birds, totaling 297 receptions for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns. Last year, his numbers dipped (38 catches, 447 yards, two touchdowns).

"There’s no question that releasing a player like Jason is one of the toughest parts of the job," said Howie Roseman. "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."

Added Jeffrey Lurie: "There have not been any players who have represented the Philadelphia Eagles with more class and dignity than Jason Avant. Whether it was in the locker room, on the playing field or in the community, he has always been a true professional, a role model and a winner every step of the way. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jason and his wife Stacy, and their two daughters, nothing but the best as he continues his fine career."

Strictly a slot receiver, Avant drew praise from Kelly for his toughness and execution as a blocker. In last year's win against the Lions, Avant sought Kelly out and told him to run the ball to his side of the field.

Originally a fourth-round pick out of Michigan back in 2006, Avant was valued in the locker room by his teammates.

"He kind of understands, he’s like a big brother, a voice you can listen to," DeSean Jackson told Birds 24/7 during the season.

Added Riley Cooper: "My rookie year when I came in, immediately he came to me: ‘Anything you need. Any help. Anything. You just let me know.’ He always was there for me. He’s been one of my best friends on the team since the day I got here."

Avant played a major role in the locker room accepting Cooper back after last summer's incident.

"It’s more than football. I want to see guys be successful. I don’t want to see the ESPN story, ‘Broke.’ " Avant said. "I don’t want to see divorce, I don’t want to see car accidents and DUIs. I just don’t want to see that. So that’s my biggest goal here is not just to catch passes and not just to win, but if we can affect the lives of young men, that’s what my purpose is."

He also took in undrafted free agents like Russell Shepard who never ended up making the team. Avant consistently spent time on the Jugs machine after practice and had the best hands on the team, even if he lacked pure speed and athleticism.

Going forward, expect the Eagles to go with several different options in the slot (more on that here), including Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz.

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  • knighn

    Will definitely miss Avant. Still $3.2 million was a little too much for what Avant brings to the table at this point. Hope the Eagles can bring him back as a coach some day.

    • JReamer

      My thoughts exactly.

    • sprawl

      For another team $3.2 million could still be a great price for him. Some place with a lot of WR churn who needs a hard worker to set an example?

      • knighn

        Are you thinking about the Patriots?

        • CJ

          Seems to have Pats or Chiefs written all over him, but he’d be an upgrade for a few teams.

  • Alex

    One of the classiest Eagles player ever, thank you Jason

  • Token

    Great guy. It was just his time to go. Im sure he will latch on somewhere. Hopefully to a good team.

  • Joe from Easton

    In terms of production he’s not one of the best, but in terms of character this guy is up there with Dawkins, Vincent, and Westbrook. Amazing Eagle in my book and will always be a favorite.

  • Chris

    Thanks Jason for your service and class, good player, better person. Hopefully he can get a decent shot, he will be missed

  • ohitsdom

    Awesome guy. Sucks to release him, but had to be done. Hopefully he carves out a good niche for himself in another offense and can continue his career.

  • Corry

    I wish him the best as he continues his career. Hopefully he can catch on somewhere else and provide the same type of locker room presence and leadership as he did here in Philly. Best of luck, Jason.

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    I knew it was going to happen but it’s still a bummer. Hope he returns in some capacity.

  • jabostick

    To be expected I guess. Still one of my all time favourite guys. I loved how he wore #81 and was pretty much the polar opposite of the other #81 after the TO fiasco.

    My favorite play might’ve been the concussion-inducing block on the Desean return. Contrast that with Jackson’s showboating at the goalline and it kind of epitomized Avant to me. Unheralded but still a critical part of the offense. The QB’s also seemed super confident in him (from Donovan to Vick to Foles) because they often looked to him on 3rd down.

    He also made some pretty incredible catches and reading Sheil in the summer months, I wish some of his training camp catches were more available.

    • Sean

      3rd and Avant, as I liked to call it.

    • https://www.skinnypost.com/ GayleSaunders

      @jabostick:disqus I have a pic by pic catch of Jason Avant fully extended selling out on an amazing catch on post route at training camp. I’ll never forget that one as DRC tried to bait the QB and Avant blew right by him. He had an epic catch almost every practice I attended.

    • Andy

      Was that Avant or Maclin who threw that block? I’ll have to check. Gives me an excuse to hit Youtube for my all-time favorite play.

      • Andy

        No, you’re right it was Avant. Makes much more sense that it would be him, anyhow.

  • Cranky Caucasian

    Hope they can bring him back as a positions coach like they did with Duce.

  • Eagles1018

    You can pay for school, but you can’t buy class….I hope DeMeco is enough of a locker room presence to keep the younger guys in line. I know as some guys get older they become expendable. But character is hard to replace. Best of luck Jason Avant.

    • Ark87

      Some good folks on the O-line,but I do worry about the WR group, particularly D-Jax though, Avant was always the angel on his shoulder whispering in his ear. Without Vick and Avant in the locker room, I expect Foles’ leadership role to grow.

      • GEAGLE

        Maclin is a class act, and when Coop ain’t dropping N bombs, he is a good team mate..Celek and Casey are quality pros…and that OLINE is a ROCK of Charecter…but I expect the offense to be led by FOles. He took a big step in leadership last year from his rookie year, even cutting his shaggy rookie hair, by the end of the season FOles was talking like veteran leader, I’m expecting that to increase even more this year with Vick gone and this being Nicks team

        • Ark87

          Maclin is a classy pro, but he needs to prove healthy, then we have to lock him up.

        • GEAGLE

          And Meco,Barwin and Cary “bad cop” Williams do a great job with our defensive locker room…you don’t climb out of rock bottom as fast as we did on defense with out the right leaders, and the 3 proved to be the right ingredients to get the defense turned around

          • BirdGang

            Geagle…question for you? Do you think Foles can calm down Djax?

          • GEAGLE

            If FOles has a big year and it pads Deseans stats, possibly….he probably doesn’t have the clout to pull it off yet…at times his antics piss me off but it’s prob a lil overblown.plus I think Chip wears the pants (he fined shady 100k)

  • DharmaBum

    Tough to see that, but it was inevitable. Truly a class player and person. I’m sure the door will always be open for him to return in some capacity. I’d love to see him come back as a position coach or player relations guy. Good luck, Jason…thanks for everything!

  • George

    He’s a chief in 3…2…1…

    • jabostick

      I could see him with the Pats or someone as a dependable vet or maybe on a team with a new coach to help the transition (the Texans??).

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        baltimore (mostly for selfish reasons)

        • jabostick

          That makes sense too

    • Honest_T

      No way. He’s going to be a Jet. They don’t have anyone that can catch a ball, which is bad when you are grooming a young QB, but they have a lot of young talent that needs mentoring and are in desperate need of a change in culture.

      • jabostick

        I’m not sure Avant would want to go there though…

  • James Hathaway

    Avant is basically Ike Reese as a WR. I can see him sticking around for years and being on the radio, or potentially having a gig within the league office as a ambassador to new players. Best of luck, we’ll be keeping our eyes on your future successes.

    • GEAGLE

      Yup..while this is a sad moment, Jason will be fine in life. Andy or the jets will take him for a year or two and then he will have all types of lucrative job offers when he is done playing. Best of luck to a quality man who always brought it!

    • Kev_H

      He’ll more likely work for the NFL PA. What he said about helping young men is what they are all about.

      • Maggie

        Or even out of football. Counselors who had to climb out of the muck themselves, with a little help, can work with young people in many different environments. Not saying anything new, Mr. Avant, but this one’s for you. Proverbs 16:9.

        • Kev_H

          Exactly. I’d love to see him follow Miles McPherson or Randall to the pulpit. Those guys are doing great things.

      • James Hathaway

        I’d be thrilled if that opportunity came up for him. What a good dude.

  • 76mustang

    Love the way the organization is conducting their business with class and dignity – Lurie, Howie, Chip, doing business the right way.

    Best wishes for Avant and his family – real model of behavior and approach to the game.

  • Lee

    Sad day. I’m pointing to the sky for you, Jason. Good luck!

  • https://www.skinnypost.com/ GayleSaunders

    I’ve listened to the “Jason Avant Song” about 5 times today.

    • James Hathaway

      Thanks for posting it. I didn’t know what you meant and found you posted it somewhere. Got a good laugh out of it.

      • https://www.skinnypost.com/ GayleSaunders

        The gift that keeps on giving!

    • https://www.skinnypost.com/ GayleSaunders

      @disqus_Qwk5i3JzvT:disqus Didn’t even know I could post it here :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XagvsSXSxnY

      • knighn

        Damn! Now the Eagles have to bring him back!

  • JofreyRice

    He fell down a lot after he caught the ball, but nobody had hands like his.

  • Sean

    No more “3rd and Avant” :(

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

    So does this free up Lane Johnson to get more snaps in the slot this year?

    • G_WallyHunter

      I thought that was what the Peters extension was all about?

      • knighn

        Correct: they don’t like Lane Johnson as the future at LT so they’re going to play him in the slot.

        ;-)

        • cliff henny

          nope, signing Johnson means they don’t even like lane as RT. token was on a roll that day

          • jabostick

            Or two-way as a Safety mayve?

          • knighn

            They signed Cooper and Maclin because the Eagles need better WRs to make up for how terrible Lane Johnson will be at LT in the future. They signed Kelce because they need to keep good O-line players to make up for Lane Johnson. Pretty sure they cut Jason Avant so that he would go out and bulk up to 315 and come back to man the O-line (eventually replacing Lane Johson). Really, all of these great off-season moves are just a scathing indictment of Lane Johnson.

          • GEAGLE

            Ha

    • BleedGreenJames

      6’6 303 34″ vert 4.72 40

      and people say we need to draft a big receiver….psssh

  • GEAGLE

    Auburns pro day is today

  • OregonDucker

    :( Sorry to see Avant leave the team. Tough deal but the nature of a tough business. I know he will continue to excel and succeed.

    • GEAGLE

      Ducker…was coach Azz at Oregon when Byrd and Ward were there?

      • G_WallyHunter

        He was with the ducks from 09 to 12, I’m not sure when ward and Byrd were drafted, in 09 and 10?

      • OregonDucker

        I think Byrd just missed Azz. Azz came in 2009 and Byrd left as a junior in 2009 to join the NFL. Byrd is close friends with Chung who has encouraged him to join the Eagles. My guess is that after Byrd is signed then Chung is cut – but I am a cold-hearted SOB, at least according to my wife.

        Ward saw Azz for one year prior to entering the NFL.

        • Dominik

          Nooooo, I don’t want to hear arguments that would give me a good reason to keep Chung around. Booooh.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Isn’t Byrd also cool with Shady as well?

          • OregonDucker

            I am not aware of Byrd and Shady talking. Do you have a source? If this is true then our chances of getting Byrd increase.

  • Tom W

    In other news, Dee ford is destroying his pro day …. ran a 4.53 and 4.59 (both faster than barr or mack) and 28 reps on the bench (again blowing away olbs)

    If his other events, are on par, believe these numbers easily put him in mid to late first round and certainly on eagles screens at 22 (not that its who I certainly want at this point). no way he gets to 54 and I doubt he gets past 32.

    Waiting to hear about his broad jump and three cone and lesser extent vert.

    Caplan reporting on twitter also at #auburnproday

    • Tom W

      Scouts expected him to test well and Ford didn’t disappoint. He had a 35
      1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot-4-inch long jump, 29 reps of 225 pounds on
      the bench press and 4.59 on his first 40-yard dash attempt and 4.54 on
      his second.

      • cliff henny

        guess he had good reason to run his mouth on Clowney. when is Atta-guys pro day?

        • Tom W

          end of March … hope his hammy is completely healed or maybe he gets to us in the third!

          • cliff henny

            ah, he sounds like a Cowboy already.
            .
            Ford over Barr? Barr just looks like a freak. raw as can be, but coached up, he could be special.

          • Tom W

            he hurt it at senior bowl … feel bad probably cost him money.

            I agree Barr is the freak I’m just saying that Barr is dropping because of his tape and Ford just outperformed his proday and has good tape. different players for sure .. but if some team wants ford bc of edge rushing impact he could hop barr on draft day … not that I agree.

          • cliff henny

            way I figure, push more guys into top 20, hopefully a beast will pop out below like a Barr or dare I say Evans-not till his name is called will I give up. plus push more talent into 2nd and 3rd.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Not that it’s saying all too much, but Mayock had dropped him to his 3rd rated LB (Not just OLB), behind Mack & Mosley. He’s got Ford listed in his DEs behind Clowney & Ealy.

          • cliff henny

            sort of coming around to thinking if Barr or Evans isn’t there at 22, like a trade back. so many WRs to choose from, and think Kelly can make any of KB, ODB, adams, robinson cooks etc all work and get a free 3r out of it.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I wouldn’t mind that. I’m targeting in though on one specific player & 22 is too high, but 54 too late to grab him. M Smith. Or as Geagle would say, “Marrrrcus darling”.

            To me, he checks all of the boxes in what I’m looking for at ROLB & is the most complete & scheme versatile OLB outside of Mack.

          • cliff henny

            trade back to 30, take ODB, get 3rd, use 4th and 2nd to move up to 40′s grab Smth…problem solved.

          • Tom W

            Don’t know if 54 is too late though w barr, ford, murphy, atta-boy, crawford, kvn getting people’s attention as well.

            Solve it by trading 22 to Niners for their two seconds (late 2s) and their own 3d. Trade Chart works out perfectly actually which I was suprised about but they are late 2s like ours. So we would have 54, 56, and 62 and two late thirds. go from 3 picks in top 100 to 5.

            Draft olb (Marcus or Atta-Boy); S Buchanon; and either wr (benjamin or matthews or moncrief or adams) w the other second rounder or ILB KVN or Christian Jones and then in the third take wr (bryant/robinson/colo kid) or ILB (Barrow) and corner (mcgill/desir)

          • GEAGLE

            If we draft like that, I’m going to be almost as obnoxious as I was when we had TO, and i would walk thru the streets singing and flapping my wings at traffic(my all time high on the obnoxious meter) I was a raging maniac that year

          • GEAGLE

            That’s exactly where I’m at

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Not only is Barr a freak, he’s got a mean streak to him which you can’t coach. Barr + coaching up technique/awareness + a little bit of added strength could become an absolute MONSTER. I’ve never seen a player of his type be so physical. Not even Aldon Smith, which is who Barr reminds me most of physically.

      • JofreyRice

        I saw someone say a 3 cone of 6.8, which is pretty damn good.

        • Tom W

          wow … gotta look at the historical combine site and see where he falls…

          • JofreyRice

            Von Miller:

            40: 4.53 3C: 6.70 Bench: 21 Reps 20yd Shuttle: 4.06 VJ: 37″

            Bruce Irvin:

            40: 4.50 3C: 6.70 Bench: 23 Reps 20yd Shuttle: 4.07 Broad: 123″

            Dee Ford:

            40: 4.54 3C: 6.80 Bench: 29 Reps 20yd Shuttle: ? Broad: 126″

            And you can tack this performance onto his overall resume–the production in season, acing the postseason all-star circuit and showing a competitive edge throughout. I felt this way before his performance, but this is icing on the cake. I’d be comfortable taking Ford at #22.

          • Tom W

            Ford also ran a 4.59 so lets say 4.57 waiting if that is his official time.
            more impressive is his 3-cone which came it at 6.8
            the fact he was able to keep up his strength on the bench while dropping 8 lbs is all the more impressive which means he dropped water weight or fat not muscle.
            I wouldn’t be surprised if he is gone before we pick at 22 based on these numbers which are outstanding not just great.

          • GEAGLE

            Can’t figure out if he is a DE or OLB, drives me crazy..

          • Tom W

            I could see a pure 4-3 team like old eagles loving him like a dwight freeney type.

            I could see a team seeing what broncos did w von miller and using him similarly and liking him.

            a pure 3-4 team would be last but still love him because of the elite pass rush measurables … would be concerns about him dropping …but if he is anything like von miller you wouldnt be dropping him that much … i think demarcus ware got sent 85 percent of the time in the 3-4 his last year and von miller was closer to 89 percent.

            this is the argument i had w myself a few weeks ago — I settled on you want the elite edge rush prospect bc if you can get anything close to von miller you jump at that vs. losing some scheme disguise and versatility bc you only drop him in zone 15 percent of the time and he can’t cover tes or slot corners in man and probably dont want him on the rb either.
            Some are already putting him in the top 10 behind clowney and mack which is foolish but not insane at this point.

            But I like a guy that could both (rush, cover, spy) at a high level and I think Barr could be that … and he like ford would take a year to be effective against run on 1-2 down (but more so barr bc he lacks elite strength/technique).

            If anything its another guy like Donald that is possibly off the board before us and may help push barr down.

          • GEAGLE

            U guys never talk about Murphy and I was blown away. I turned on my TV and he was on doing the drills where you,drop into coverage and I could not believe the way he was moving backwards, he was moving so much better that I expected that to this day I still haven’t even looked at his combine numbers yet…he isn’t top 5 on my list but I was very pleasantly surprised how much better he looked then Bjoern

          • Tom W

            I liked him back in the college season when I read the sports illustrated article about him w is freaking epic and proves the kid would basically die for his football team and is mean as hell. I brought up his name in november but a number of people were saying he wasn’t athletically elite enough to be a first round olb in the league … i went and watched his oregon and ucla games are saw a strong guy who could set the edge and get to the qb w his strenght and extremely violent hands, but not necessarily his speed or athletic ability.
            he did look in the drills more athletic in coverage than I thought, but that was never the draw back I thought of him. I thought people were saying he won’t be able to rush the passer as well at the pro level because his first step is average and he has average explosion and average quickness to react to the rb. I guess I am saying seems to me more like a paul krueger to me or even the kerrigan on the skins … vs an elite edge rusher which we really need.
            If mack, barr, smith, attaboy, clowney, ford are all gone, I would necessarily consider him at 54 but I may lean towards jones or kvn at that point thinking their impact as a starter may be greater than murphy’s as a starter.
            I mean barwin had one of the sickest combines for proto 3-4 olbs and he isn’t even a great edge rusher (realizing he didn’t get enough attempts last year but you get the point). Murphy looks more violent than barwin but not as athletic. maybe he could throw aside otackles over say some of the edge rushers we like better and bullrush better, but does he have that game breaking first step and bend and quick reaction … no. I would think his upside isn’t as great as the other guys we have ranked ahead of him but his floor is higher bc his intangibles are off the chart and he already can set the edge at the least. wouldnt be mad if we took him at 54 if other olbs were gone.

          • Token

            Honestly, I think Eagles fans care the most about if the 3-4 OLB can drop than anyone Ive ever seen. Maybe its from years of us watching 4-3 D. But in a 3-4 its just not that important. Your stud rusher is gonna do it 10% of snaps or less. Doesnt matter. We have Barwin as a guy who can drop.

          • JofreyRice

            embrace the term “edge player”. Like Tom said, guys like Ware, Aldon Smith, and Clay Matthews spend most of their time rushing the QB as 3-4 OLBs. Hell, Robert Mathis dropped 41 times out of almost a thousand snaps. Mario Williams 16 times out of 1100 snaps. Charles Johnson, a textbook example of what 4-3 Ends should look like dropped 29 times this season in less than 800 snaps.

            And who’s to say a kid with that kind of COD and speed couldn’t learn the ins and outs of simple coverage assignments? It was a hard transition for Cole because his success and production was never about elite speed or athletic ability–more tenacity, and technique. Graham might have made the move out of school, but I don’t know he came back from the surgery as the the same mover.

            Look, we know Barwin’s a drop guy, the Eagles HAVE to get an edge threat. I see a ton of stuff to love about Ford.

          • GEAGLE

            Guess u r right..as long as we gotta pay Cole, might as well take advantage of his ability to play the run and embrace the edge terrors lol

          • Token

            exactly right. Screw if the guy can drop. I dont care. I dont care if he can cover a TE, none of them can anyway. They desperately need a pass rush. The guy they will be getting should be a rusher on the vast majority of snaps.

            I disagree with the thought that seems to go around that replacing Cole with a pass rusher guy that isnt good against the run has a big impact. I dont see it. In this scheme the line has a lot of responsibility there. We have 2 ILBs that are supposed to be racking up tackles.

            For this thing to go you need a guy rushing off the edge beating tackles. Im mainly looking for that guy. Not “versatility”.

          • JofreyRice

            eh, regardless of a few tenths of a second, it was a hell of a workout. Impressive lower-body explosion with the broad jump, as well. Would have been curious about the 20 yard shuttle, since he timed so well in the other COD drill, the 3C, but I don’t think there is any question that he’s an elite athlete at the position.

            I wonder if he passed up Barr? I think people are seriously underrating him at this point. If Ford’s stock rise has pushed Barr’s down, that’s all the better for the Eagles.

          • Tom W

            I think for some he has passed Barr … I already read two national scouting publications that speculated Ford could now vault into the top 10 after Clowney and Mack and before Barr and Ealy. I don’t know. and we got alot of time to debate and see what the scouts say and hear.

            This is the argument I had w myself a few weeks ago that you commented ago. scheme deception and overall olbs skills vs best pure edge rusher for us. And I wondered how you pass on ford if he puts up comparables to a Von Miller (which he got pretty close) vs. a taller longer well rounded olb who can rush, cover, and spy well but not necessarily at an elite level.

            But at the least if it helps Barr falls to us great all the better and pushes other olb down if we decided to trade down or go another position in rd 1

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I like Dee Ford and think he’s an exceptional edge rusher with a good blend on speed and quickness. But I just don’t know if he’s a fit for us at OLB. He’s not great at reading the play on runs and adjusting & oddly enough I noticed this more when he played at LDE, which should be a balanced DE spot. He’s straight pass rush & that screams 4-3 RDE to me where he’s got DTs also pushing into the backfield & a LB behind him to pay clean up. In 3-4 DLs eat up blocks & there is nobody else typically lined up behind ROLB unless you’ve got an ILB, or S up in run support.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Of course, if they’re looking for that he’s our guy, but I just think Barr & M Smith look better at ROLB because they can create more havoc in the backfield if the sack isn’t there.

        • Tom W

          I hear ya .. barr and m smith look like they can do more at the position but ford may be the best edge rusher at the end of the day. I think atta-boy is somewhere in the middle .. better edge rusher than barr and marcus smith but not the completeness

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I happened to watch them all again last night and I’d say that’s pretty spot on.

            One thing I’ll add about Smith is that he looked much quicker in space when they first moved him to LB and before he put on some weight to play DE/DT. When I watched the Sugar Bowl again he just seemed slower after his initial burst, than he did prior at LB and a bit lighter. Still he terrorized in the Sugar Bowl. He was getting really good push at DT even through double teams. That tells you he’s got power in the lower end. But I think I’d rather see him a tad lighter in pros if at OLB. Plus he’s not exactly a chiseled frame. So some good ol’ sports science could turn him into a terror.

          • GEAGLE

            If we are considering ford at 22, I’d much rather trade the pick for Dion. Just saying..

          • Tom W

            I hear ya. I need to know how much weight jordan was able to put on this year. did you see the cuz tweet about jordan and dolphins saying no. he is boyz w the roseman crew but I gotta think dolphins may come back to this question come May.
            At the least, ford’s showing throws another pass rusher into the first round for sure. which pushes atta boy and marcus smith down and even murphy.

          • GEAGLE

            I would literally pay to find out Dions weight right now

          • Token

            Need a pass rusher. Ford is a much better pass rusher than Dion Jordan has ever shown to be.

      • Kev_H

        Senior Bowl looked like he was jumping offside every play he’s that quick. He couldn’t be blocked there.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Yes but again it was all blow of the line and there goes RB shooting through that hole behind him. He’s got skills rushing the edge no doubt & for the record, he actually was off sides a few times that didn’t get called, but nevertheless he is a liability in the run game that you can’t have in a 34 ‘backer. He looks exactly like Cole coming out. Extremely gifted pass rusher that was a liability against the run. Took Cole years to develop that part of his game to an acceptable level. And Cole just doesn’t fit in a 3-4 even now that he’s better against the run.

          • JofreyRice

            Gotta disagree. I thought what was really cool about Cole was that he was such a complete defender. I feel like he was one of the best run stoppers at DE since he cracked the starting lineup in ’07. IMO, Cole’s problem coming out was that he was really light in the ass to be an NFL DE. Put on something like 35-40 pounds from Cinci to the pros.

            Agree though that Ford leaves something to be desired against the run. If we’re making pro comparisons for Ford, I’d go with a Cliff Avril type more than Cole.

          • GEAGLE

            Fair comparison Avril! My problem is I fear Dee is just a pin your ears back and wide 9 it every play, and I feel like we could do better with the 22nd pick and get someone who will develope into a complete player..see little versatility in his game which doesn’t scream Chip Kelly to me

          • JofreyRice

            eh, maybe, but I like his attitude. Hungry to prove people wrong. I think if you’re a one-trick pony, rushing the passer is a good trick. The Seahawks drafted Irvin at what, 15, and he got 10 sacks for them as a rook. And then they asked him to cover for KJ Wright at SAM while his foot healed this year, and they had other guys that could rush the passer (Avril & Clemons). I thought he held up pretty well.

            If the Eagles get a guy that can consistently beat a tackle on 3rd downs, I think that’s good value for #22.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            This is from a scouting report on Cole coming out…

            “Cole does possess an explosive first step and flashes the ability to disrupt running plays in the backfield. However, he needs to play with better control, as his momentum sometimes takes him too far up field, causing a creating of running lanes.”

            That is exactly what I meant by the comparison between the two and how they take themselves out of the play shooting to far up field & gunning for a sack, becoming a liability against the run. This explains Ford to a tee and probably to an even greater extent. Cole was light in the backside as he weighed a flimsy 236lbs in ’04 & gained another 10lbs for ’05.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I found this interesting as well from the same scouting report…

            “The best way to get value out of Trent vs. the run is to use him in a one-gap system in which he can be very effective slipping blocks. For now, he is a situational player that is better suited for a 3-4 defense, where he can line up as either an edge rusher or weak-side linebacker.”

          • JofreyRice

            interesting, I didn’t watch him as a Bearcat back then, so maybe there was some truth to it. I just know that by the time he finally started taking Kearse’s snaps, he was a complete DE; one of the best run defenders I’d seen at End.

        • JofreyRice

          he does have a real nice sense of snap count, and guesses sometimes. He’s going to get penalized as a pro for offsides, for sure. Remember how J. Peters got a bunch of false starts in his first season as an Eagle?

    • GEAGLE

      I feel like his stats are skewed by clearly losing weight to perform well…can he still be the player he was at this weight?

      • Tom W

        could say that about a fair amount of guys … murphy .. clowney … etc. I understand he lost 8 lbs in 10 days but most of that is probably water weight.

      • Token

        Welcome to every combine and pro day ever.

  • OldDocRoss

    Sad to see him go, but it was time.

    Great guy, great hands, but most importantly he utterly destroyed an unsuspecting Giants LB on Desean’s PR to seal the Miracle in Meadowlands II.

    Probably my favourite block since that time Clemons running-chokeslammed Tarvaris Jackson.

    • Mr. Wu

      what a blast that was….they were both seeing little birdies circling over there heads ….great block

  • EaglefaninAZ

    He’ll definitely will be missed in that locker room. Total class. Sad he’s gotta go.

  • Rick H

    I already typed it once today about Jason. What a class act. Started life in a terrible situation living off the streets of Chicago by age 12. Completely turned his life around in the most difficult circumstances.
    A modern day hero. What I mean by that is he turned to God, spends his life helping other people while he could have been just another statistic. In a world where drugs/alcohol are destroying our society he stepped up and dared to be different. He is different and a difference maker.
    A tremendous role model for inner city kids and EVERYONE! Best of luck Jason! I truly hope you come back to the Eagles sooner rather then later.

  • Dominik

    Just thanks, and good luck, Jason! Hopefully this is a win-win-win situation for the Eagles, Avant and his new team.

  • morgan c

    Wonder why we didn’t or if we could just be like “take 1 million please.”

    • jabostick

      I think Avant can legitimately contribute to another NFL team. But I also think Chip wants the slot guy to be a weapon (like Brandin Cooks-style weapon), not just a dependable handed blocker and team leader.

      So, unless Avant begged for it, you’re essentially turning him into Jeff Maehl which is kind of a slap in the face.

      That’d be my guess…

  • Tom W

    On Anthony Barr — Mcshay (i know some people say he is a clown) dropped Barr to 28 in his most recent Mock and Josh Norris from rotoworld (former scout) has had him outside top 20 for 3 months. Everyone knows he is going to test well — that was expected. but when some teams are looking at his tape (and scouts) they aren’t seeing great tape.
    McShay himself was underwhelmed and actually said that Atta-Boy’s tape was what he hoped to see from Barr on tape. so for those he dislike atta-boy by watching one quarter of the georgia game, I assure there is like 6 games where he really shines as an edge olb getting to the qb outside and inside and the clemson he is dominant all over the field. I don’t think he is as well rounded at marcus smith yet, and I don’t think he has the elite upside barr has (but still a good amount, but I think he is the fourth maybe fifth best olb prospect — clowney, mack, are top 2 … i think there is room for debate now between barr and ford (not in my mind but some teams) … but beyond that I think barr could drop to us at 22 (if he can get past the pack).
    After that I think the olbs are wide open allowing marcus atta-boy murphy to fall to 54 and cjones and kvn as well. if not the third

    • GEAGLE

      Always maintained he was a candidate for this years star Latululei or even Sharrif Floyd type of fall. 21 teams loss can be our gain. He damn sure ain’t falling past the eagles, unless we trade the pick for Dion

      • GEAGLE

        FYI Dee ford had a decent pro day running a 4.53 but that was kind of expected considering he clearly dropped weight to perform well. It was a good showing for the kid

      • Tom W

        nice. is there a comparable player to Barr? how would you compare Dion And Barr. and where would dion go in this draft

        • GEAGLE

          Like Dion more, but Barr is as close to him as we can find in terms of special athlete… I actually think they are pretty similar, different, but similar in that both are two years away from when you draft them to become 3dpwn players, but I think both investments will pay off in the long run in a big way…for us, I would prefer Dion, but that’s just because I like eliminating the guess work, having our coaches know and believe in him so much

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I’ll take a stab…Barr & Dion compare very favorably physically and athletically. I’d say it’s a tie as far as pass rushing and crashing the RB in the backfield. Barr has a slight edge in strength & a big edge in physicality. Dion is faster and is probably better dropping back due to his speed & being about 2″ taller.

            Honestly it’s a toss up, but I think Barr has the bigger ceiling due to his physical nature. However, I also think he’s the bigger risk if I were going with the player as they stand right now & not comparing Barr to Dion coming out last yr, but to Dion now.

          • GEAGLE

            Fair, although I’m expecting Dion to turn into the next Jason Taylor who also happens to drop and shut down TEs, so I’m not sure how much higher of a ceiling it can get…maybe Barr ends up with two more sacks each year, Dion still should have no problem going 11plus…I think Barr is more of the risk for us, and I’d prefer to take advantage of our coaches connection, then taking a leap of faith with Barr..but I’d be happy to have either or

          • GEAGLE

            Imagine Miami taking BG and our 2nd for Dion, and Barr falling to 22 lol, I wouldn’t even,blink and take them both

          • cliff henny

            Violent, freak, physical…your description of Barr is singing my tune!

          • GEAGLE

            Barr reminds me of Greg Hardy, Julius peppers type, to Dions Jason Taylor. Bad news, none of the OTs got tagged..Miami has more options building that line

          • cliff henny

            any of those will do. rather see a longer little more athletic James Harrison, that was one bad man in his prime

          • GEAGLE

            Talking about a young Harrison gives me a testosterone induced chubby….ODOYLE RULES GRRRRRR!!!!!!

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I don’t see Jason Taylor at all in Dion. Taylor was a DE & I don’t see Dion as good a fit there than OLB.

          • GEAGLE

            Go back and watch JT at Akron and his rookie year. EVen pics of JT at Akron will do

          • Token

            Geagle likes to compare body types and combine times. Not actual football playing.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Maybe. But Mayock was all “Dion with added bulk is Aldon Smith”, then he mentioned Jason Taylor and I was so perplexed over that, I think I got the bitter beer face from those old commercials. Maybe that’s where he’s getting it from.

            No offense to G, but Dion reminds me nothing of Taylor, just as Barr reminds me nothing of Peppers. Those guys are both DEs that had rare blend of power, size and in Peppers case, a bit of a freak. Dion and Barr are not powerful, they’re long and swift.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            If you’re willing to take a chance on him being raw & needing development. Plus it’s not like Chip doesn’t know who Barr is. He’s played against him. Barkley knows him well as Barr injured his shoulder.

          • cliff henny

            this coaching staff, yes. with Cole on 1st and 2nd base defense, just bring him along in 3rd and longs. olb and d-ends, don’t mind raw early, can give them packages or reduced roles they can excel in. hunt qbs for a year son!

          • Andy124

            He’s my biggest hope for the draft. Barr none.

    • Token

      Doubt he gets to us. But it would be nice. I think at this point im cool with him or Ford if they are there. Evans or Ebron too. I think at least one of those 4 players will be there at our pick. Theres gonna be a moronic run on bad QBs like there always is. Im sure a number of OTs. Throw in a couple out of left field picks. I think one of these guys will be there.

  • David J Daniels

    Can’t wait to fill out our WR corp with Kelvin Benjamin now….best 4some in the league. Thanks Avant for being a class act.

  • cliff henny

    might go to 42 yard extra points? ok with that, seems a little extreme. could see 25 or 30. for starters, just narrow the posts. kickers are getting so good, anything under 40 is automatic conditions permitting-domes more like 50.

    • GEAGLE

      As long as they don’t make you kickoff touch backs for that extra point, we will be fine…get Haushka damn it..him and The Donnie Longball,Boykin Downsballs connection would give us a money ST!!

    • Andy124

      Booo. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Change is bad. Now get off my yard ya stinkin kids!

      • GEAGLE

        Doubt it changes…would have too much impact on gambling.unless the gambling industry likes the change

    • Token

      Alex would then be out of range for a XP. Just do away with the stupid thing.

  • Weapon Y

    Best of luck, Jason.

  • FluxCapacitor

    I completely hate and completely agree with this move. He really helped to hold things together for us last year through some tough times, or what could have become difficult situations. No way to justify his salary though…

  • GEAGLE

    Byrd: I want to go to a good team on the rise, where I fit as one of the pieces that will help them get over the top…if that’s not us…

    • Ark87

      kudo’s to you and your trip to Buffalo, my jaw dropped when the story dropped that he likely wouldn’t get tagged. So what’d you do, the ole severed buffalo head in the bed gag? Email spam? Honey pot?

      • GEAGLE

        Take that to my grave!! Next step, framing Lyerla which can’t be too hard. Follow him around, wait til the cops are near and throw a bag of blow in front of him and watch him Hoover away

        • Token

          Lyerla prolly isnt getting drafted. He will be at camp as a UDFA. Cant say I expect anything of the kid. He couldnt even be bothered to get in top shape for the combine.

    • GEAGLE

      If you turn on ESPN, the Byrd interview is about to air

      • GEAGLE

        Also says if he does what he is supposed to do on the field then the money takes care of itself…when you turn down 30mil in Guarentees and sneeze at it, money can’t be your only motivation, ATleast I hope/think

        • cliff henny

          think you are wishing here…means 10m per is starting offer.

          • GEAGLE

            ATleast 30mil in Guarentees…I’m fine with paying that, as long as he really wants to win,a s opposed to cash in…I think if he only wanted to cash in, he probably would have been extended last year.

          • OregonDucker

            He wants to win so he’s coming here! :) Bet on it babe!

    • cliff henny

      let me finish quote ‘…and pays me 10-11m per yr, guaranteed for minimum 3yrs. if not, no need to even inquire.’

      • GEAGLE

        The real version was “if I do what I’m supposed to do on the field then the money takes care of itself” ..but your interpretation is probably accurate lol

  • cliff henny

    WR coach Bob Bicknell was at Ole Miss pro day, obviously for Donte Moncrief

    • GEAGLE

      Dude…..sweet!!!

    • Guest

      Kid is a body-catcher

  • GEAGLE

    Khalil Mack ran a 4.53 today. Ford lost 8lbs since the combine, no crap he ran well

  • GEAGLE

    Redskns cut carriker and our Aussie trash sav Rocca lol

    • peteike

      saw that, “Carriker was released with a failed physical designation.” that injury was brutal, 3 surgeries, 2 missed seasons basically. It would be like signing Phillips again

      • GEAGLE

        I can feel bad for that guy now that he is no longer a deadskin

  • cliff henny

    overthecap.com salary calculator is updated right up to and including Avant’s cut. made some adjustments, it’s a pretty cool site. Right now stand at 24m under, still think D-Jax gets reduced from 12m-8m, chung casey and benn get another 6.5m to 7.5m (has chung 0 dead, think it’s 1m, and casey as 2m dead, but has offset so it’s probably closer to 1m).

  • TheCatalyst

    Great leader with great hands. He was never the YAC guy but you could almost always count on him to make the tough catch over the middle. Good luck out there Jason!

  • irvin792

    I am going to miss seeing those amazing hands that were Jason “All Day” Avant

  • Brandon Baltic

    I wonder what the odds are we can bring him back as the 4th WR for close to the vets minimum?

    • GEAGLE

      Depends on what his market is like…if he can’t find a job, I could see us letting him extend his career as a player/coach mentor type for a year at the Veterans minimum…but if teams are offering more then the minimum,mgood for him

      • oreofestar

        Yeah hopefully Reid picks him up I think Avant has gas left in the tank and can still get 400 yard a season which is enough to get him a job

  • Max Lightfoot

    Wish Jason the best! A tough guy who was never afraid to go across the middle. I hope we can hire him as a coach someday. He just seems to be one of those people with tons of natural wisdom – someone who is positive about life and encourages the best in others – people who are pretty rare, after all.

  • oreofestar

    Wow this wrecked me today I do not know I have expected something so long, even said it was smart and time to part ways and when it happens I am just do disappointed

  • George

    Bleacherreport showed an nfl design, and I thought the eagles unis were interesting, so what do you guys think??

    • oreofestar

      interesting I guess looks a ton like Oregon unis

      • George

        like the color scheme, not so much the design. rather have the retro kelly green unis

        • oreofestar

          I actually like our Unis a lot now so meh

          • Jerry Pomroy

            But they’re so 90s and just dated. It’s time for something new, even if it’s a fresh take on the retro kelly green.

            I think Seattle has the best unis in league though.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I posted the link to the original site that previewed these last night in another thread. I do like the Kelly green & the numbers. Don’t like the minimalist mechanical looking wings on the helmet & shoulders.

      • Kev_H

        I still think the pre-Lurie late 1980s/early 1990s uniforms are the best- at least the home version. Maybe I’m just getting old, but they still don’t look dated to me.

  • Maggie

    don’t know if already posted, but Worilds signed for $9.75 for 1 year.

  • #7

    Nothing but class