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Eagles sign WR Avant to five-year deal

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By PFW staff

The Eagles have retained an underrated piece of their offensive puzzle.

The team announced it has re-signed restricted free-agent WR Jason Avant, 26, to a five-year deal. Financial terms were not released.

The third-down machine plays in the slot most often for the Eagles, and he set career bests for receptions (41), yards (587) and touchdowns (three) in 2009.

“Jason Avant has developed into one of our most dependable and productive players on offense,” head coach Andy Reid said. “He’s physical, he’s tough and he has the respect of all of his teammates. Jason plays the game of football the right way; he competes on a daily basis, whether it’s in the game or in practice. He is also what I consider a person with high character and he’s a guy that I like to think younger players have and will continue to learn from.

“Jason is a devoted man in the community and gives a great deal of time helping others. We’re glad to have him back in Philadelphia for the next five seasons.”

Added Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, “Jason is an important component of our offense and we’re glad to get him signed to a long-term contract today. I really admire his approach to the game of football and his approach to life in general. He’s an extremely hard worker, yet he’s very humble. Plus, he’s a extremely tough competitor on the field. I’m glad he’ll be a Philadelphia Eagle for the long haul.”

Avant has converted 32 of his 37 third-down receptions for first downs (86.5 percent) in his career.

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