Drafting Trent Richardson in the 2012 NFL Draft may be one of the most crucial moves in the history of the Cleveland Browns franchise. Along with Brandon Weeden these two could combine to be a fearful tandem, however they desperately need someone to make a difference at the wide receiver position.
Danny Amendola hasn’t been a model of consistency with the St. Louis Rams, but he would look great in a Browns uniform and is worth the investment.
The Browns owe it to Weeden to give him someone who he can sling the ball to as his leading receiver in 2012 was Josh Gordon who is just 21-years-old. Gordon did a great job in his rookie campaign, however bringing in a veteran and explosive wideout like Amendola would only spark competition and a better overall receiving core.
Amendola was on pace for an unreal season in 2012 as he had 666 yards and three touchdowns in just eleven games with the club. At 5-foot-11 and weighting just 183 pounds durability is an obvious question, but he has shown how effective he is when on the field.
Rob Chudzinski signed a five year contract this off-season so the plans of the Browns are clearly more long-term than short-term, so signing wideouts like Wes Welker or even Greg Jennings wouldn’t make much sense considering the direction of the club. I firmly believe that the Browns have the pieces to be contenders for years to come given a few helpful draft classes and further maturation of Weeden.
To get full potential from Weeden the club needs to surround him with one more veteran receiver, and Amendola seems to fit the bill in my mind.