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The Patriots agreed to a 5-year deal with Danny Amendola, source says. 5 years, $31M. $10 guaranteed. Avg: $6.12013-3-13 23:24:00
It’s fair value for a wideout that has put up some big-time numbers when healthy.
Since catching on with the St. Louis Rams back in 2009 (Amendola was undrafted in 2008), the receiver has appeared in 42 games, caught 196 passes (on 293 targets) for 1,726 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He will be Wes Welker's replacement in the slot.
Unfortunately, the 5’11”, 188-pound star out of Texas Tech has been extremely injury prone during his four-year NFL career.
Back in 2011, Amendola dislocated his elbow in the season opener and was placed on the IR shortly after. In 2012, the 27-year-old suffered a clavicle injury that could have taken his life, but he managed to return three weeks later.
A foot issue also caught up to Amendola and caused him to lose some effectiveness down the stretch.
Given his past, Amendola is a big risk for New England. But the Patriots are willing to gamble, and this investment could pay major dividends down the line. They better hope so with the way Welker was shown the door (via NFL.com).
If Amendola can stay on the field, the Patriots will have quite a weapon on their hands.
During the 2010 season, this slippery slot option managed to participate in all 16 games, catching 85 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns—impressive considering rookie quarterback Sam Bradford was under center.
Should Tom Brady and Amendola find the same chemistry the wideout had with Bradford, there’s a chance Amendola could accumulate at least 100 receptions.
Amendola has shown flashes of greatness during his time with an inconsistent St. Louis squad. With a change of scenery, Tom Brady on his side and a clean bill of health, Amendola should thrive in New England.