The wide receiver position isn’t necessarily an area of need for the Patriots, but they could always use some talent added to Tom Brady’s receiving corps.
ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss addressed the possibility of Jason Avant landing in New England earlier today, reaching out to Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan in the process. Here is what Sheridan had to say:
“Yes, I think Avant can still help a team. He’s not a speedster, but he never was. He’ll be 31, but he’s one of those guys that takes great care of himself. He had arguably the best hands on the Eagles for the past few seasons.”
“He’s a sneaky route runner and very good possession guy. He’s willing to do the dirty work, blocking on run plays and bubble screens. And yes, he does play special teams. One of the most terrific plays in recent Eagles history – DeSean Jackson’s game-winning punt return against the Giants at the Meadowlands in 2010 — was made possible because Avant decleated Zak DeOssien with a block.
“Great guy, good locker room leader. I’d expect him to play another couple years, at least.”
If the Pats can get Avant at a discount, then I don’t see how bringing him aboard will hurt them in any way. If Sheridan is right in that he can still help a team, then Brady gets another weapon to throw at opposing defenses. If not, they cut him, and move on.