Jason Avant cut after critiquing Panthers’ play-calling

The Carolina Panthers apparently have seen — and heard — enough of Jason Avant.

Avant’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, sent out a cryptic tweet on Tuesday, implying the veteran receiver has been given his walking papers.

FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo confirmed the sides have parted ways.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Avant’s release comes two days after he openly questioned the team’s play-calling, which may have cost Carolina a win over the Falcons in Week 11.

“I’ve been in the league a long time. I know two things. You never want to give a team a chance to win a game, with how much time was left on the clock. And asking a kicker to make a 50-yard field goal with the game on the line is rough sledding,” Avant said, per the Charlotte Observer. “If that’s the only option, yes. But if it’s not, you want to get as close as you can and think score and play to score a touchdown. Because I’d rather the team have to score a touchdown to win the game than to have to kick a field goal. It’s just a lot different. It’s a 30-yard difference.”

It’s a fair critique. Instead of going for the kill shot, the Panthers’ offense went into a shell, playing for a potential game-winning field goal. Graham Gano’s 46-yard attempt missed wide left, and the Panthers never got another chance, losing 19-17 to Atlanta.

While Avant technically wasn’t wrong, the club must have felt he had no room to talk. The 31-year-old slot wideout, never a game-changer, has been unimpressive this season, catching just 21 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown.

Avant, brought in this offseason to help offset the loss of Steve Smith, was drastically outplayed by Philly Brown, a rookie undrafted free agent.

(Photo credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

[follow id=”Helmet2Helmet” size=”large” count=”true” ]

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, MSN.com, FanSided.com, and About.com. Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (zpkelb@gmail.com).