It has been a heck of a frenzy day. Hours after New England Patriots lost Wes Welker to the Denver Broncos for a two-year $12 million contract; the Patriots were fast to sign St. Louis Rams slot receiver Danny Amendola as Adam Schefter reported of the new deal on Twitter.
“Patriots gave former Rams WR Danny Amendola’s a five-year, $31 million deal that includes $10 million guaranteed.”
Although he suffered an injury last season, he was still able to complete the season with 63 receptions for 666 yards and three touchdowns in the 11 games he played. Some of the concerns are about his dependability on the field as he missed the entire 2011 due to injury.
Like Welker, Amendola relies on short routes and just as Welker was offered $10 million on a two-year deal, Amendola will be receiving $10 million in guarantee money of the five-year contract. So, Bill Belichick is spending about the same amount as if he would have spent on Welker, but I wonder if Amendola will be able to fill the void of a Welkerless offense.
It will be interesting to know how much of the decision or interest in signing Amendola has Josh McDaniels weighed in into Belichick’s mind as he has worked with Amendola as the offensive coordinator for St. Louis in the 2011 season.
Alhtough this might look like a surprise, it looks like the Patriots were thinking about this addition all way long during the “Welker Saga” .
Amendola is four-years younger than Welker, he has chemistry with McDaniels already and this might work. I just hope that the Brady-Amendola chemistry work as well.
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