The Philadelphia Eagles released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant on Tuesday.
According to ESPN, team chairman Jeffrey Lurie released a statement upon his release and called Avant a professional and role model.
“There have not been any players who have represented the Philadelphia Eagles with more class and dignity than Jason Avant,” Lurie said in the statement. “Whether it was in the locker room, on the playing field or in the community, he has always been a true professional, a role model and a winner every step of the way.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jason and his wife, Stacy, and their two daughters nothing but the best as he continues his fine career.”
The move does not come as much of a shock since Avant was due a $1 million roster bonus and his release will save the team millions against the salary cap, NFL.com noted.
The Eagles aren’t hurting for wide receivers either. In addition to having DeSean Jackson under contract, the team recently signed wide receiver Riley Cooper and fellow receiver Jeremy Maclin to deals.
The 30-year-old Avant, who played eight seasons with the Birds, responded to his release on Twitter.
“No matter what I will always #bleedgreen”