The St. Louis Rams are reportedly “far apart” in their contract negotiations with pending free agent receiver Danny Amendola, so the team will likely be without a top receiver entering the 2013 NFL season. That leads one to believe they will be big players in this year’s receiver-rich free agent class, but that’s not the case. The league’s official website said the team is not expected to re-sign Amendola at this point and is not expected to pursue any of the four high-profile free agent receivers, which include Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe and Wes Welker.
At first, that sounds shocking, but when you look at the Rams’ salary cap situation, it’s not surprising. The Rams aren’t even $2 million under the NFL’s tentative 2013 cap of $121 million, so they don’t have nearly enough room to bring in a player like the four mentioned above.
That means the Rams will enter the season with only guys like Chris Givens, Brandon Gibson and Brian Quick to handle the receiving duties. Austin Pettis and Raymond Radway are also on the roster, but neither of them are guaranteed to even make the team.
A top-notch target like Jennings, Wallace Bowe or Welker would make life a lot easier for Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who will likely also be without longtime running back Steven Jackson this year. Unless the Rams have some awesome plan to bolster their receiving corps in the 2013 NFL Draft, life is going to be rough for Bradford this fall.