If the New England Patriots aren’t able to re-sign Wes Welker despite the fact that both sides are making progress on contract talks now, Ian Rappoport tweeted yesterday that he thinks the Patriots would show interest in St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola if Welker is not retained. He also named another contender that could use another wide receiver, the San Francisco 49ers, as another team of at least five suitors that could show interest in Amendola.
This came after Rappoport tweeted that it “looks like” Amendola will be a free agent this offseason. He said, “Rams have their value on him, we’ll see if he beats it in FA.”
The Rams should do all they can to keep Amendola, because his ability to move the chains in the slot fits the accurate Sam Bradford‘s somewhat limited skill-set perfectly. It was apparent that once Amendola went down, the Rams offense was significantly less effective. In my opinion, Amendola is the most important player for the Rams offense.
I think the Patriots have a much higher chance of keeping Wes Welker than signing Danny Amendola, but I agree with Rappoport that the Patriots would show interest in the Rams slot man if Welker is not kept. That would also mean that Amendola would choose another team other than the Rams, but it still sounds like St. Louis has the best chance. Nobody can fault Amendola for trying to see what he wants in the free agent market, and some are wondering if the Rams are low-balling their all-important UFA.
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