Panthers sign former Eagles WR Jason Avant to one-year deal

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Jason Avant is the third receiver the Panthers have added since March 20. (USATSI)
Jason Avant is the third receiver the Panthers have added since March 20. (USATSI)

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In the first five days of NFL free agency, it looked like the Panthers plan was to play the 2014 season without a wide receiver. Carolina sat back and watched as Steve Smith (Baltimore), Brandon LaFell (New England), Ted Ginn (Arizona) and Domenik Hixon (Chicago) all signed with different teams.

It turns out the Panthers will have wide receivers in 2014 though and one of them will be Jason Avant. The former Eagles receiver signed a one-year deal with Carolina on Monday, the team announced.

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

The former Eagles receiver started a career-high 14 games in 2013 and caught 38 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns. Avant isn't a No. 1 wide receiver, but he's a solid contributor who's topped the 375-yard mark in six of his eight NFL seasons.

Avant becomes the third wide receiver to sign with the Panthers over the past three weeks. Since March 20, Carolina has also added Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood.

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