Dec 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) pulls away from Baltimore Ravens safety James Ihedigbo (32) following his catch at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Danny Amendola To Be Traded?

 

January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

According to Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report, the New England Patriots have been floating the name of Danny Amendola around in trade discussions. Here is what Pompei had to say:

NFL teams say the name of Danny Amendola has been floated in trade talks. The Patriots signed the wide receiver to a five-year, $28.5 million contract last offseason, but Amendola struggled to stay healthy and did not have the kind of impact the team envisioned him having. Amendola caught 54 passes for 633 yards with Tom Brady throwing to him. He had two better seasons when he played in St. Louis with Sam Bradford throwing to him. There has been speculation the Patriots could cut Amendola if a deal cannot be worked out.

It seems like most Pats fans around the country want Amendola gone, but I think he should stay. Yes, his numbers last year weren’t that great, but we have to remember that he was in a new system, and he played injured for the majority of the year. When healthy, Amendola is extremely quick, explosive, and his hands are actually quite good. Even with these things bringing him down, Amendola still had a good year according to ‘Advanced NFL Stats’. He ranked 10th in the league in ‘WPA’, which stands for ‘Win Probability Added’. He was slotted above Julian Edelman in this category, which is probably a surprise to most. Amendola wasn’t an “all-pro”, but he was a lot better than people give him credit for.

Edelman may end up leaving the team via free agency this offseason, which would force Amendola into the number one spot in this offense. I think that if Amendola is given the targets, he will produce, and become a much better player than anyone the Patriots think about trading for.

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