Busy Monday with Avant, DeCoud visits

April, 7, 2014
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It will be a busy Monday for the Carolina Panthers as they continue to look for free-agent bargains.

Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant and Atlanta free safety Thomas DeCoud will visit with team officials at Bank of America Stadium, according to multiple reports.

Avant, who turns 31 this month, would add veteran leadership and experience as the Panthers seek to replace their top four wide receivers from last season. They already have signed Pittsburgh's Jerricho Cotchery and Tampa Bay's Tiquan Underwood.

Avant is not the Philadelphia receiver many Carolina fans hoped the team would bring in. That was DeSean Jackson, more of a bona fide No. 1 receiver, who signed with Washington last week.

But Avant does offer a good locker-room presence that the Panthers need at receiver since the release of Steve Smith.

Avant was released by the Eagles last month in a cost-cutting move. More of a No. 2 or 3 receiver, he caught 38 passes for 447 yards in 2013. He has 296 career receptions for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns.

DeCoud would give the Panthers a veteran at safety and possibly increase the chances that Charles Godfrey, coming off an Achilles injury, is released after June 1 to save the team $5.1 million under the salary cap.

David Newton | email

ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter

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