PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles have released wide receiver Jason Avant, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Eagles release the eight-year wide receiver, making him an unrestricted free agent. Avant would have counted for $3.9 million against the salary cap had he been on the team. By releasing him, the Eagles would save $3.2 million against the cap.

“There have not been any players who have represented the Philadelphia Eagles with more class and dignity than Jason Avant,” Jeffrey Lurie said. “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.”

“There’s no question that releasing a player like Jason is one of the toughest parts of the job. It’s a tough day when you have to say goodbye to 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,” Howie Roseman said.

The Eagles selected the sure-handed wide receiver in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, and he’s been with the team ever since. Avant had 38 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns last season, and has 297 catches and 3646 yards for his career, to go along with 12 touchdowns.

“In the year I spent with Jason, he was unbelievable in terms of his work ethic and his selfless nature,” Chip Kelly said. “He was a great teammate. We know he will have a chance to sign with another team and by releasing him now, he will have a full offseason to make the necessary adjustments. I had a chance to speak with him today and he handled himself like the true professional he is.”

Avant sent a message to fans on his official Twitter account:

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