Report: Danny Amendola, Rams “far apart” on striking deal

2/17/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAfter the Titus Young experiment fell apart in Rams Park at the end of a nine-day trial yesterday, Danny Amendola’s agent Erik Burkhardt may have a smug look plastered on his face, while viewing it as high time for the St. Louis Rams to secure his client’s future with the team.
But on the contrary – Danny Amendola and St. Louis Rams are reportedly far apart on hammering out a deal; which puts the wide receiver potentially up for grabs by other teams during free agency. So, despite boasting a “good, young group” of receivers, talent could be thinning at the position next season since the St. Louis Rams risk losing Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson, who face the option of becoming unrestricted free agents if unsigned by March 12.
Brandon Gibson led the St. Louis Rams’ receivers with five touchdowns last season but could become a salary cap causality. The 25-year-old Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola’s departure could leave just three receivers from the 2012 season – Austin Pettis, Brian Quick and Chris Givens – on the St. Louis Rams’ roster.
"Not a concern whatsoever," said St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher while discussing the team’s thinning receiving corps. "There's options out there. The free agent market, there's options out there, and it's a great draft for a receiver this year."
However, Jeff Fisher acknowledged that the team wanted Danny Amendola back next season, featuring his re-signing with the team as a priority.
"Oh yes, we've got a number of unrestricted free agents on our roster that we want back, and Danny would be one of them. 'Jack' (Steven Jackson) would be another,” said Jeff Fisher. “We've got plenty of time. The process is ongoing. We're communicating with their agents and so on and so forth."
Although St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson isn’t technically a free agent yet, he has until March 12 to decide whether or not to void the final year remaining on his contract (including the $7 million player option), which is more and more starting to seem like a realistic option. Meanwhile Danny Amendola is also expected to draw a lot of interest during free agency, if the team is unwilling to address the 27-year-old wideouts’ demands.
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2/18/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

well i'm just glad we have an article on Danny Amendola now.