Eagles sign Avant to 5-year deal

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Wide receiver Jason Avant has reached agreement on a 5-year contract with the Eagles. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

The Eagles and restricted free agent wide receiver Jason Avant agreed to terms on a five-year contract, the team announced today.

The signing comes just days after the Eagles inked another of their restricted free agents, fullback Leonard Weaver, to a multi-year contract.

The exact numbers on Avant's deal were not immediately known.

Getting Avant locked into an extension was expected. On Friday, coach Andy Reid said a deal was imminent.

While other NFL teams have made splashes in free agency by swiping players from other teams, the Eagles have gone about securing some of their own guys.

The 26-year-old Avant is coming off a productive season as the Eagles' slot receiver. He caught 41 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns. He's considered one of the hardest workers on the team and he's another of the Eagles' high-character guys in the locker room.

In each of his first four seasons in the NFL, Avant has increased his offensive numbers. With DeSean Jackson (23) and Jeremy Maclin (21) as the two flankers, the Eagles have themselves a young and formidable trio of receivers.

The Eagles tendered Avant at a second-round level on Friday.

He will meet with the media today at 2 p.m. at the NovaCare complex.

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