Eagles, Avant strike a deal

The Philadelphia Eagles this morning announced an agreement with restricted free-agent receiver Jason Avant on a five-year contract. The terms weren't immediately available.

Avant plays in the shadows of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, but he's become a clutch receiver in his own right. Quarterback Donovan McNabb began depending on Avant on third downs in '08 and then the receiver started making big plays in '09. It makes sense that the Eagles would get a long-term deal done with such a valuable player.

They had given him a second-round tender before reaching the agreement. On Friday, the Eagles signed fullback Leonard Weaver to a three-year contract.