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Eagles Release WR Jason Avant

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Jason Avant on Tuesday.

Avant spent eight seasons with the Eagles and had 38 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns last season.

"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," Lurie continued.

Avant was owed $1 million roster bonus on March 15.  The Eagles saved $3.25 million against the salary cap by releasing him.

"There's no question releasing a player like Jason is one of the toughest parts of the job," general manager Howie Roseman said. "It's a tough day when you have to say goodbye to a player who you have so much respect for. I can't thank him enough for the leadership, the big plays and the positive impression he made on so many of his teammates."

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