Hello Chiefs Kingdom! Lucas Hampton coming at you again with another Beyond The Border Free Agency! The series focused on bringing you, the readers, names, stats, and knowledge on upcoming free agents from beyond the borders of Chiefs Kingdom. In the past I’ve brought you players on both sides of the ball with a focus on the wide receiver group, defensive backs, and offensive linemen as these are three of the team’s biggest needs at the moment. There’s many names on the market and in the upcoming draft class. However, there are only certain names that will fit the bill in Kansas City’s offense. One of these happens to Jason Avant.
Jason Avant was drafted in the 4th round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Michigan by Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid. Avant stands an even 6′ tall and weighs 210 pounds. Avant ran the 40 yard dash in 4.62 seconds at his pro day. This rather odd time was seen as a failure and so pushed him into the 4th round. However, Andy Reid liked what he saw and Avant was in an Eagles’ jersey and has stayed there up until this offseason. Avant was cut from the Eagles’ roster on March 4th, 2014. In his time in the city of brotherly love, Avant caught a total of 297 passes for 3646 yards and 12 touchdowns. While that may not be the most sparkling resume, Avant averages 12.3 yards per catch. When it comes to on-field production, being flashy and fancy isn’t always everything.
Avant saw time as the number 2 and 3 wide out in Andy Reid’s offense, starting 52 games since the 2006 season. He has lots of good starting experience. Spending his whole career in the offense that Andy Reid ran in Philly, a similar one to what he runs here in KC. It’s a logical and natural fit. Avant, in his career has played in a total of 116 games in his career. He is a well seasoned veteran of the game. His cap hit for the 2013 season was $2,710,000. That’s a decent price tag for his level of production and what he was asked to do in light of Jeremy Maclin tearing his ACL.
If Jason Avant were to come to Kansas City, it would add a veteran presence to the mix at a wide receiver squad that wasn’t the strongest to begin with. Avant would bring consistency and dependability to the team and would be a nice fill in for Dexter McCluster who looks very much like he won’t be a Chief next season. Along with being a dependable target for Alex Smith as he needs all the reliable guys to throw to that John Dorsey can get his hands on. Avant may ask for a contract of a similar nature to what he had in Philadelphia. A contract of that kind would be very good given the cap situation, which has gotten better but is still on the tighter end of the spectrum.
Familiarity with the offense, starting experience, several seasons under his belt. Jason Avant would be a natural, logical, and welcome addition to the Kansas City Chiefs. What do you think Chiefs Kingdom? Is Jason Avant a guy that you want on the team? Check out my other stuff on Chiefs360 and pay the other writers a visit!
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