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NFL free agency rumors: Will the Philadelphia Eagles Look To Sign WR Danny Amendola?

Jamie Squire

With free agency only a short time away, speculation and rumors about possible moves are numerous.

The latest speculation comes from Peter King who thinks the Eagles could have interest in impending free agent slot receiver Danny Amendola.

Here's what King had to say in full:

I think the plan is for Chip Kelly to try to find a way to make sure that he can play fast the way he wants to play. And for him to be able to do that, I think what he tries to do in free agency is basically "re-trench". He wants to go out and get players who can play fast and who can play smart. That's why to me you might see a guy like Danny Amendola go to the Philadelphia Eagles. [He's] a wide receiver who's been a very good slot receiver when he can stay on the field. I think he's the kind of versatile guy who a guy like Chip Kelly would like to have.

It was thought the St. Louis Rams might apply the franchise tag to Amendola prior to the start of free agency but that didn't end up happening.

Injuries are a knock on Amendola after playing in only 12 games the past two seasons. Our friends at Turf Show Times theorize that these concerns with Amendola may be overblown.

If the Eagles feel Amendola would be an upgrade from current slot WR Jason Avant it might be because Amendola has better YAC (yards after catch) ability. He also offers some value as a returner.

Danny, now 27 years old, spent time on the Eagles off-season roster in 2009 before the Rams signed him away from the Eagles practice squad in September of that year. In the 42 games he's played in his career he has 196 receptions for 1,726 yards (8.8 average) and 7 TD. He was PFF's 14th overall ranked WR in 2012.