St. Louis Rams standout receiver Danny Amendola figures to cash in on a lucrative long-term contract in the open market this offseason. It remains questionable as to where he'll go, however.
Between conflicting reports and unspecified visits, his status is shrouded in mystery.
What's also unclear is how productive he will be with his new prospective team. Amendola struggled to stay healthy as a Ram, but may not be as susceptible to big hits with a better supporting cast around him—depending where he lands.
Here is a breakdown of what the best destinations are for Amendola in 2013.
Star WR Percy Harvin left for the Seattle Seahawks; it's time for the Vikings to find a new inside receiver—and one on the outside, for that matter—to upgrade last year's league-worst passing offense.
Christian Ponder needs all the help he can get, as he didn't exactly light it up last year, despite facing eight-man fronts consistently designed to stop sensational Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.
Amendola would be the type of go-to target for Ponder that Harvin was, albeit not as explosive. Still, the running game that Peterson establishes alone should set up opportunities for Amendola and the passing game, as should Ponder's hopeful continued maturation.
As Wesseling mentions, the Baltimore Ravens allegedly were looking into acquiring Amendola, but that notion was dispelled by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
Despite the reports of Ravens interest in WR Danny Amendola, I continue to hear that they aren't pursuing him and never have— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 13, 2013
So other than the Ravens, the Vikings are probably the least likely fit for Amendola—at least on paper.
The biggest factor to consider this as a legitimate option is that Minnesota was a playoff team last year despite its shortcomings and low expectations. The same can't be said for Amendola's other rumored destinations, and that could be a deal breaker.
News of this development broke during a television appearance by ESPN insider Adam Schefter, as documented by FFToolbox.com's Twitter page.
Appearing on NFL Live Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Titans have jumped into the running for free agent Danny Amendola.— FFToolbox.com (@fftoolbox) March 12, 2013
Amendola would presumably fill in nicely for Nate Washington, whom NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah reports is being shopped around in a potential trade.
According to sources, the Titans are shopping Nate Washington.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 13, 2013
Combining Amendola in the slot with 2012 first-round pick Kendall Wright and a hopefully healthy Kenny Britt would give QB-of-the-future Jake Locker plenty of weapons to work with. Especially since the Titans are going to lose explosive TE Jared Cook in free agency, Amendola becomes all the more important as a security blanket for Locker over the middle.
Ironically, the USA TODAY indicated on Tuesday that Cook signed with Amendola's soon-to-be former team, reuniting with former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.
The Titans have been active in free agency themselves. As reported by Jim Wyatt of the USA TODAY, they signed top guard Andy Levitre away from the Buffalo Bills and also picked up San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker.
Those promising pieces add to the Tennessee offense immensely. With Locker's continued development—and likely increased dependence on his athleticism—alongside speedy RB Chris Johnson, the Titans should have a balanced, explosive attack in 2013, especially if Amendola joins the fold.
This is probably the best fit of all. Familiarity is never a bad thing, and new Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur coached Amendola in that same capacity from 2009 to 2010.
Amendola also has a familiarity with the organization itself, as he spent the 2009 season on Philadelphia's practice squad.
Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com initially reported the team's intentions to pursue Amendola this offseason.
New head coach Chip Kelly will be bringing with him an innovative offensive scheme based on lightning-quick tempo, spread concepts and chunk plays. However, he could use someone to simply move the chains on tough third-down situations.
Few are better in the game—or more underrated—than Amendola at picking up first downs as a possession receiver, and the Eagles could definitely use that. They were a mediocre 19th in the NFL in 2012 with a 37.4 conversion percentage (h/t TeamRankings.com).
It would be a crowded depth chart initially, with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and other solid playmakers. So Philadelphia would have to make moves to make this deal happen.
However, with Jackson's capability as a deep threat and dynamo in the open field, Maclin's all-around dangerousness and Amendola between the numbers, the Eagles could finally live up to their immense potential in this scheme.