dhowlett23

November 18th, 2014 at 2:56 PM ^

I serve him at the Charlotte restaurant I work at. He is the definition of a class act and hopefully he can find a better situation. Having Cam Newton throwing you the ball isn't ideal for a Wideout with his skill set. No more BBQ for him.

UMWolves

November 18th, 2014 at 3:18 PM ^

and said things everyone here was thinking.  He challenged the authority of the coach and management and was released.  His agent said it all.  He deserves much better than what the Panther coaches and front office are delivering.  Everyone on that team does.  Lots of pissed off Panther fans down here right now and rightfully so.

Ali G Bomaye

November 18th, 2014 at 3:07 PM ^

I wonder if the Patriots would look at bringing him in.  Their WR corps still isn't great, and they could have Avant for minimum salary (as a veteran who was on the Panthers' roster at the beginning of the season, his season salary from the Panthers is guaranteed).

LSAClassOf2000

November 18th, 2014 at 3:16 PM ^

I was actually reading the NBC SPorts article, and funnily enough, the Eagles fans are flooding the comments section wanting Avant back, but then you can see why - good possession receiver, playmaker to the point of needing only one hand on occasion, and a pretty level-headed guy. It's the Panthers' loss, in my opinion. 

charblue.

November 18th, 2014 at 3:17 PM ^

impact in the Panther passing game but that really isn't his fault. And this move seems more like one to shake up the team than anything else. Cam Newton is one of the least accurate passers in the NFL. This team was a defensive juggernaut. But the team scattered its secondary players, let go all of its receivers from last year and is now starting an Oline comprised of four undrafted guys and an an all-pro at center. 

Basically, the GM ruined this club iby not drafting any Oline players and then watched an all-pro guard retire without a decent backup. And then,  he  cut the team's all-time leading pass catcher because he didn't like his lockerroom attitude, which is precisely why Avant was signed to replace Steve Smith. 

Nothing on Jason, who isn't Smith, either in attitude or speed or overall production, but his signing was a message and so apparently is his release from the team. But the only real message is how fucked up the GM has made this team this year. 

CoachZ

November 18th, 2014 at 7:01 PM ^

Panthers fan here and you are so correct.  I don't think most people understand how much talent walked out the door after last season.  Basically they just added Benjamin and a bunch of scrubs.  

I was never a big fan of Cam and you are correct about him not being that accurate, but behind this line he is screwed.  I think they should shut him down before he gets broken physically and/or mentally.  

rob f

November 18th, 2014 at 10:10 PM ^

that Avant is rarely mentioned as one of Michigan's all-time best wide receivers. 

Maybe he wasn't spectacular in the same way that AC, Desmond, and Braylon were, but I would definitely put Jason on my list of best Michigan receivers of the last 50 years, roughly what I consider the modern era of college football.

Here's where I would rank Avant in my quickly thrown-together personal favorite 10 receivers since the mid-60's:

1) Anthony Carter

2) Desmond Howard

3) Amani Toomer

4) Braylon Edwards

5) Derrick Alexander

6) Jason Avant

7) David Terrell

8) Mario Manningham

9) Jim Smith

10) John Kolesar

I know, I know, I left off a lot of talented and productive receivers, such as Marquis Walker, Jeremy Gallon, Mercury Hayes, Junior Hemingway, Adrian Arrington, and Tai Streets.  But t chose those 10 not just based on stats, but also on the basis of passing my "eye test" in the context of what kind of offense Michigan was playing during their careers.  For instance, neither Jim Smith nor John Kolesar had the stats of some of those I left off, but both also suffered statistically from the fact that Bo simply didn't emphasize the passing game during their careers.

DFW_Michigan_Man

November 19th, 2014 at 7:56 AM ^

Physical possession receiver who may have been the best blocking WR in Michigan history. Lions could use a 3rd receiver like him as I am not sold on Ross getting so manus snaps. Doubt it happens though.