Report: Eagles could be interested in signing Danny Amendola
If St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola leaves the Rams as expected, the Eagles could be one of his first suitors, according to a report. Although Amendola is a promising young slot receiver, his potential for injury could be a concern. The former Texas Tech receiver has missed 20 games over the last two seasons.
Amendola, who has often been described as a younger, less experienced version of Wes Welker, had 43 catches and a touchdown in 2009 when Shurmur was the Rams' offensive coordinator. Shurmur joined Chip Kelly’s staff in late January after he was fired by the Browns at the end of last season.
The Eagles are considering offering a contract to Amendola once he enters free agency, according to a report from CSNPhilly.com. Kelly could be looking to add weapons in his spread offense to complement veteran receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Amendola, a 2008 undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech, appeared on the verge of a breakout season before suffering an injured clavicle in Week 5 vs. the Cardinals. Three weeks earlier, Amendola made 15 catches on 16 targets and finished with a career-high 160 yards in a 31-28 win over the Redskins.
Although the injury wasn’t season-ending, it nearly cost Amendola his life. When Amendola’s dislocated clavicle popped, it went inward toward his heart. The injury was usually one doctors see when treating near-fatal auto accidents, the Rams’ medical personnel told Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. Team doctors later pulled Amendola’s clavicle away from his aorta, then pressed on it repeatedly to determine if it would pop again.
Amendola (5-foot-11, 188 pounds) missed only three games. In his first game back, a 24-all tie with the 49ers in Week 10, Amendola had 11 catches for 102 yards. In 11 games in 2012, Amendola had 65 receptions for 666 yards and three touchdowns.
After missing 20 games over the last two seasons, Amendola could be too much of a risk for the Rams if he carries a high price tag. The four-year veteran could be seeking a deal similar to one Brian Hartline received with the Dolphins that would pay him in excess of $6 million a year, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
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