Chris Wesseling at NFL.com reports the following:
Far apart in contract talks with Danny Amendola, the St. Louis Rams opted not to use the franchise tag on him last week. Now the team is preparing to lose its slot receiver to a higher bidder in free agency.
Wesseling goes on to say that Amendola is looking for a new deal of around $6 million per season, which the Rams are unwilling to pay for a player that's missed 20 games over the past two years.
He concludes with the harsh reality that if teams like the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins all have legitimate interest, there's no way that the Rams will be able to keep him for anything less than $6 million.
Which, as a result, means Amendola is on his way out of the franchise.
Yet what his pending departure means most for the Rams is that they need an upgrade at wide receiver, and they seriously need to add depth.
Their No. 1 receiver is almost certainly gone, and with Sam Bradford showing in the back half of last year just how good he can be with aerial threats, they must find new replacements and fast. They must look to free agency and the draft and to bring in new players and keep their offense rolling.
Even with Amendola no longer at the franchise—a player that the club struggled with throughout last season—as the table below highlights.
St. Louis Rams' 2012-13
(with Danny Amendola)
St. Louis Rams' 2012-13
(without Danny Amendola)
|4 wins, 5 losses, 1 tie||Record||2 wins, 3 losses|
|22.7 points||Pts/game||15.0 points|
|249.7 yards||Pass yds.||241.0 yards|
With the Rams' No. 2, Brandon Gibson, also touted as a potential mover this offseason, the Rams find themselves in need of some new help out wide.
Steve Smith, Brian Quick and Chris Givens are not the players to take this franchise forward—they need a legitimate big-play receiver to do that.
The Rams find themselves in a great position with two first-round picks in the draft this year, and they must utilize those where possible. Be that in landing free agents Victor Cruz or Greg Jennings, or by picking up someone in the draft like Keenan Allen or Robert Woods, the Rams must move.
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Not crazy RT @GeoffMosherCSN Crazy thought but with 2 first-round picks would make sense for Rams to give up one of them to sign Victor Cruz2013-3-8 00:45:14
They must move fast and they must move decisively, for their hopes of achieving any success in 2013 on the offensive front could be gone otherwise.
Right when Amendola walked out of the building, to be precise.
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