It didn’t take former Patriots receiver Wes Welker long to find a new home. Just one day after the commencement of the NFL’s free agency period, he signed a two-year, $12 million deal with AFC rival Denver Broncos.
The Patriots were just as quick to find his replacement though, inking Danny Amendola to a five-year, $31 million deal just hours after Welker’s departure.
Fans are still aching from the loss of a fan favorite (and arguably the most productive receiver in Patriots history), but there is hope that Amendola’s arrival can help ease some of the suffering.
While it is unlikely he will match Welker’s output over the last five seasons—you don’t just replace 120 receptions and 1,300 yards—Amendola could become a very important part of the Patriots offense starting in 2013.