Can the Rams afford to franchise Danny Amendola?

Joe Robbins

Using the franchise tag to keep the wide receiver from getting away is a costly proposition.

Tentative numbers for the 2013 NFL salary cap and franchise tag amounts were revealed on Wednesday. The salary cap is expected to be about $121 million. Both sets of numbers will loom large in the St. Louis Rams' offseason plans, particularly when it comes to re-signing some players from the current roster ticketed for free agency in the spring.

Danny Amendola is the most notable name from this year's team scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Rams and Amendola have been working on a long-term deal, but no deal has been finished yet. Amendola has been clear about his desire to stay with the Rams beyond the current season.

The franchise tag would cost the Rams $10.35 million for a one-year deal. That's pricey for a guy that the quarterback no longer leans on as his only reliable receiver. More importantly, it would eat up much of the anticipated cap room the Rams have next year, with the number currently somewhere between $10 and $12 million.

A few players from the Rams' current roster are scheduled to be free agents in 2013, including Brandon Gibson. Amendola is easily the only one who could get any consideration for tagging.

Here are the tentative franchise and transition tag numbers:

QB: Franchise: $14.642; Transition: $12.845

RB: Franchise: $8.079; Transition: $6.851

WR: Franchise: $10.357; Transition: $8.716

TE: Franchise: $5.962; Transition: $5.105

OL: Franchise: $9.660; Transition: $8.560

DT: Franchise: $8.306; $6.919

DE: Franchise: $10.984; Transition: $8.994

LB: Franchise: $9.455; Transition: $8.216

CB: Franchise: $10.668; Transition: $8.939

S: Franchise: $6.798; $5.899

K/P: Franchise: $2.926; Transition: $2.654

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