The Philadelphia Eagles are desperate for more consistency on offense after finishing near the bottom of the league in points in 2012-2013. One player who could help provide it is wide receiver Danny Amendola, an unrestricted free agent and talented slot target.
Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly reports the Eagles are interested in Amendola, who has spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Rams. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch previously reported the wideout isn't expected back with the Rams due to contract demands of around $6 million.
The amount of intrigue surrounding Amendola is not surprising. He has flashed the ability necessary to make a major impact, both on offense and special teams, while in St. Louis. He can fill the slot role to perfection while also making plays taking back kicks and punts.
He doesn't come without risk, however. The 27-year-old Texas Tech product has a history of injury issues and played 16 games only once in his career. He missed five games last season, including three with a scary clavicle injury.
Any time a player is given the dreaded injury-prone label, it forces teams to take a second look before giving him any type of long-term contract. It's something the Eagles will definitely have to do their homework on before getting serious about Amendola.
If everything checks out health-wise, he would be a great fit in Philadelphia. New head coach Chip Kelly prefers an offense that spreads the field and uses a quick pace to keep the defense on its heels. Amendola is built for that type of attack.
Should the Eagles make Amendola a priority?
The Eagles already have DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin on the roster, which would normally mean receiver wouldn't be a top priority. But in Kelly's uptempo offense, it will take more than two talented wideouts to handle the load.
Amendola would also provide the Eagles with somebody who doesn't mind working the middle of the field, even though spending so much time in that high-traffic area probably contributes to his injury woes.
Still, Kelly's offensive approach is tailor-made for Amendola, which makes it no surprise they are already being linked to him before free agency even begins. It would be a shock if they don't face fierce competition to land him, though.
He's one of the top receivers on the market and plays a role that's becoming increasingly important in today's NFL. So there should be plenty of suitors battling the Eagles once the market officially opens on Tuesday.