NFL Free Agent News: Danny Amendola Would Be a Great Fit with Eagles

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 11, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 25:  wide receiver Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams stands on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 31-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interested in receiver Danny Amendola, according to Geoff Mosher of

The 27-year-old would be a great fit with the Eagles.

Amendola, who isn't expected to be re-signed by the St. Louis Rams before free agency begins on March 12 (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch), racked up 63 catches for 666 yards last season, despite playing in only 11 games.He's certainly had issues with his health (broken collarbone suffered against the Eagles in 2011, dislocated clavicle in October), but when he's healthy he's a very productive player. In 2010-2011, he posted 85 catches for 689 yards.

The 5'11", 183-pound speedster would not only be a nice slot receiver for the Eagles, he is also a good fit in the offensive philosophy of new coach Chip Kelly, which is to beat teams with an up-tempo game based on speed. ranks Amendola as the No. 4 receiver in the 2013 free agent class. He graded higher than Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace in 2012, according to the site. His hands (he had one drop in 75 targets in the slot), combined with his speed and route-running, would make life much easier for whoever starts at quarterback in Philadelphia.

There's another thing that Amendola brings that has been apparently absent in Philadelphia: heart. While the Eagles have been criticized the past two seasons as underachievers, Amendola's dedication to the game cannot be questioned.

In his first game back after dislocating his clavicle in October (which was life-threatening, by the way), Amendola caught 11 balls (12 targets) for 102 yards in the 24-24 tie against the San Francisco 49ers.

The four-year pro would not only bring a skill set befitting Kelly's offensive philosophy, he'd bring a mindset that is desperately needed in Philadelphia.

To top it all off, Amendola likely isn't going to cost as much as Jennings, Wallace, or Wes Welker in free agency. For an Eagles team that has paid a lot for stars and been burned, it's no wonder why they are reportedly interested in the Texas native.

The Eagles would make the right move adding Amendola to the roster. The question is, will they be able to pry him away from other teams with a need at receiver?


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