The Philadelphia Eagles today announced that wide receiver Jason Avant has been released.
Avant played his first eight NFL seasons in Philadelphia and ranks 11th in team history with 297 receptions for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Chicago, IL, native was drafted in the 4th round in 2006 from the University of Michigan. In 2010, Avant was chosen by his teammates as the Ed Block Courage Award recipient in recognition of the adversity he overcame in his youth.
"There have not been any players who have represented the Philadelphia Eagles with more class and dignity than Jason Avant," said Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie. "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."
General manager Howie Roseman: "There's no question that releasing a player like Jason is one of the toughest parts of the job. 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."
"In the year I spent with Jason, he was unbelievable in terms of his work ethic and his selfless nature," said head coach Chip Kelly. "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."