Report: Rams may try transition tag on Danny Amendola as tight end

By Evan Hilbert |

The Rams are reportedly looking into tagging Danny Amendola as a tight end. (USATSI)
The Rams are reportedly looking into tagging Danny Amendola as a tight end. (USATSI)

The St. Louis Rams are considering any and all options to keep wide receiver Danny Amendola, including using the transition tag on him -- with a twist. The Rams are reportedly considering trying to tag him as a tight end to save money, according to Adam Caplan.

Amendola is due to become an unrestricted free agent, and the team doesn't want to use its franchise tag on him since they'd have to pay him in excess of $10 million. Instead, Caplan reports, the Rams are looking into using the transition tag on Amendola as a tight end, which would cut his projected salary to $5.194 million.

The transition tag is rarely used and it guarantees the offering team a chance to match if Amendola is offered a better deal elsewhere.

Still, it seems to be a long shot that the league would allow Amendola (5-11, 188) to be tagged as a tight end. Even though the lines between tight end and wide receiver are blurred somewhat -- Tennessee's Jared Cook is trying to make the opposite move -- there's no guarantee that the league will entertain that argument.

Amendola has been solid for the Rams, though he's been plagued by injuries. He's only played in 12 games the last two season, including 63 catches for 666 yards and three scores in 2012.

The Rams may be running out of ideas, since the sides are reportedly not close to striking a deal. But if the Rams decide to go through with the transition tag attempt, they've really little to lose. If denied, Amendola will just become an unrestricted free agent March 12 -- like he would have anyhow.

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