|Rams receiver Danny Amendola averages 5.6 catches per game but missed 20 games the last two seasons. (US Presswire)|
And as soon as the delusional-sounding wideout was officially a Ram, he took a verbal shot from Danny Amendola's agent.
“I don't think it affects Danny one bit,” Amendola's agent, Erik Burkhardt, told the Post-Dispatch. “Titus Young isn't anywhere in the same ZIP code as Danny as far as a player goes. I'm sure Young may disagree with that because he thinks he's better than Calvin Johnson.”
The Rams are negotiating to re-sign Amendola, an unrestricted free agent. Both receivers are 5-11 and can play the slot, though the similarities end there.
While Young earned his way out of Detroit by sucker-punching a teammate, lining up incorrectly in a game on purpose, and claiming he'd retire unless he got more passes, Amendola has been a consummate pro.
He averages 5.6 catches per game but has missed 20 games the last two seasons. Amendola, 27, was on his way to a monster 2012 until separating his collarbone Oct. 4 against Arizona. When he played a full season in 2010, Amendola racked up 85 catches.
Amendola (5-11, 188) excels in the slot, whereas Young (5-11, 174) has played inside and outside. Young, 23, who told his high school coach he's better than former teammate Calvin Johnson, has caught 81 balls and 10 touchdowns in two seasons.
In St. Louis, he'll be reunited with another Boise State wideout, Austin Pettis.
Coach Jeff Fisher has shown a willingness to take on players with character issues, such as corner Janoris Jenkins. The rookie got into trouble once last season, getting suspended one game for an undisclosed violation. But he led the NFL with four defensive touchdowns and looks like a steal for a second-round pick.
The Rams grabbed Young knowing they could lose their top two wideouts, Amendola and Brandon Gibson, in free agency.
If they hold onto Young, they'd owe him $555,000 in base salary this season, plus a $185,000 roster bonus. He's also under contract for 2014 at a base of $645,000.
Burkhardt told the paper that negotiations with the Rams have been "positive."
"I think they know what Danny brings to the team, and the spirit of the team aside from what he does on the field," Burkhardt said, in what might have been a veiled reference to Young's selfishness.
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