Wide receiver Jason Avant has agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers on a one-year deal, according to media reports.

The veteran Avant caught 38 balls for 447 yards and two touchdowns for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. He spent the first eight seasons with the Eagles.

“We are happy to have Jason with the Panthers,” says Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. “He provides a versatile player at receiver and brings good size as well as experience to the position.”

The Panthers are in the midst of an overhaul at the receiver position as they lost both Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell to the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots respectively. The club also added former Pittsburgh Steelers wide out Jerricho Cotchery earlier this off-season as well.

The Panthers will no doubt be looking at wide receivers in the upcoming draft to learn and blend in well with the veteran core of receivers. Quarterback Cam Newton will need weapons in order to help direct the offense. Other than tight end Greg Olsen, there isn’t a lot of attractive options even with the veterans. Expect the club to add more outside weapons as the off-season goes forward.

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