Earlier this year, the Rams applied only a second-round tender offer on restricted free agent receiver Danny Amendola. He drew no interest.
Next year, he will.
And Amendola is performing at a level that will compel the Rams to apply the franchise tag, something that would have been unthinkable before the 2012 season. Indeed, if Amendola were viewed as a top-five receiver, the Rams would have given him something hire than a second-round tender — because teams would have been happy (or, Kuselias, more than happy) to give up a second-round pick in order to land Amendola.
On the night last month when his clavicle separated from his shoulder and pushed inward, Amendola was routinely abusing Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson in single coverage from Amendola’s slot position. On Sunday against the 49ers, Amendola was clearly the best wideout on the field, despite the presence of players like Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss.
The smart move for the Rams would be to sign Amendola to a long-term deal. At a minimum, he’ll be with the team next year on a one-year salary in the neighborhood of $10 million.
Not bad for a guy who was undrafted coming out of Texas Tech in 2009.