Potential Patriot: Danny Amendola

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NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

As Monday’s franchise tag deadline has come and gone, the New England Patriots elected not to tag any of their players—which means that they’ll hit the open market on March 12 if the two sides cannot come to an agreement on an extension.

What does this all mean? For starters, Wes Welker and the Patriots have yet to reach a contract agreement and there’s a legitimate chance that he tests the free agent market.

According to Mike Florio of NBC Sports and via NESN.com, the Patriots could very well end up letting Welker walk and that the team actually has a replacement in mind: Danny Amendola.

Per NESN.com:

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, the Pats have a replacement in mind in Danny Amendola. Florio, who was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning, hinted that the Pats plan to sign Amendola next week.

“[The Patriots] need to work something out by next Tuesday,” Florio said. “The problem is they couldn’t franchise [Welker] because it would cost them $11.4 million to keep him around.

“The ace in the hole for the Patriots is Danny Amendola.”

Like Welker, Amendola was not tagged by his current team the St. Louis Rams and that he’ll likely end up hitting the open market.

Amendola, who will turn 28-years-old in November, has played just one full NFL regular season back in 2010 and has played a total of 42 games out of a possible 64. Furthermore, injuries are certainly a concern when it comes to Amendola.

During his full 16 game season back in 2010, Amendola recorded 85 receptions for 689 yards while scoring three touchdowns—which were all career-highs for the former Texas Tech product.

This past season with the Rams, Amendola played in 11 games while recording 63 receptions for 666 yards and three touchdowns.

There’s no question that Amendola can play—it’s just a matter of him staying healthy.

Assuming that if the Patriots do decide to let Welker walk, they’ll likely re-sign Julian Edelman and possibly pursue Amendola.

Granted, Welker is one of the NFL’s top slot-receivers, but having two solid slot-receivers on the roster, in Edelman and Amendola, New England then should be in good shape.

Following Tom Brady’s contract extension early last week, it was a common notion to assume that a Welker contract extension was in the fold—clearly, that has yet to time.

With Brady’s contract extension, he has freed up roughly $8 million in cap space this season and allowing Welker to walk and signing Amendola for a much lesser salary would most certainly give the Pats more flexibility in where they’d like to spend their money.

There are certainly pros and cons in moving on without Welker and signing Amendola, but it does make sense in a finical point-of-view. Amendola is much younger than Welker and he’ll come at a much cheaper price.

I’m not saying that New England needs to part ways with Welker, but if they do so, Amendola is probably the best option in replacing Welker’s 118 receptions and 1,354 yards from a year ago.

Your turn – should the Patriots target Danny Amendola regardless of whether Wes Welker is brought back?

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15 Responses to “Potential Patriot: Danny Amendola”

  1. J H TARBORO says:

    NEPD I hope you adress the possible departure of Edleman, Woodhead , and Demps and possible replacements ie (draft, free agency or undrafted free agents).

  2. td says:

    I don’t get this line of reasoning. Give up on a guy w/Welkers crazy production for a few million bucks a season? Amendola won’t last a season and is not half the receiver Welker was or is.

    Ramses Barden? I can’t believe people are calling for this guy. The only thing he has is size; no talent, no production, nada.

    There’s a reason why BB has toyed with Ocho, Branch, Stallworth and now Lloyd. THEY ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE OPTION 4 OR 5. Brady is getting the ball to 3 of the best and most productive receivers in the NFL: Welker, Gronk and Hernandez. BB is not going to create cap issues by signing Wallace or Jennings just to be option #4 or 5.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      td Don’t look at this move from a fan perspective, think about this 6yrs of the same offense that changed when Moss left and then we added Woodhead our plays went from outsides of the hash marks to an inside the hash marks (dink&dunk) type of game with great production from Welker and lots receptions,not a lot of TDs. Our offense evolved based on what we lost and what we gained, and i personally think this move is for Brady to give up his (binky) so our offense has chance to grow.

      • td says:

        JH, I understand that fans think this offense has become stagnant. I thought about this yesterday: a team (NE, GB, Indy, NO & next Balt) have an elite QB commanding huge money and teams start adding weapons (cap hit) to the offense. They end up with an elite offense and suddenly their defense & special teams are out of balance with the offense.

        If BB lets Welker walk and w/Brady’s lessor cap hit going forward perhaps we will get a better team “balance”.

        After all, the big games we have been losing have been because:
        1 we could not kill clock at the end of games,
        2 the defense could not get critical stops,
        3 the other teams had devine intervention on their side (NYG)

      • Big Dan From Maine says:

        J H,

        I totally agree with you, Brady while a fantastic QB has had a tendancy to not spread it around enough. He looks for Welker way to much. I think this is one of the reasons that we have such a hard time developing young recievers. When ever we bring a rookie into NE he never gets the ball thrown his way. How can you develop if they dont get some use. Also there is the matter of how terrible the rookies we have picked are…..

        Bur Brady still needs to get back to spreading it around more.

  3. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    If your going to spend big bucks on a WR, why not pay the guys you have?

  4. Ken W says:

    If they don’t bring Welker back then this should be the order of players they pursue:

    1. Jennings (all around great WR)
    2. Amendola (great Welker replacement…. if healthy)
    3. Wallace (outside speed threat)
    4. Brandon Gibson (Josh Mcdaniels connection)
    5. David Nelson (big target and always seems to play well against Pats)
    6. Donnie Avery (quick slot guy)
    7. Ramses Barden (big and has shown potential)
    *8. Draft Tavon Austin (has been compared to Welker & Harvin)

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Ken W. I’ll take No.#8 Thank You #7 is 2nd consideration because of potential and value.

  5. James says:

    I really like that Barden for the NYG he looked good when he was playing and he’s a big body receiver that we need.

    Plus we should get Welker back and it looks like it is going to happen

  6. J H TARBORO says:

    Danny Amendola would be horribe mistake for many reasons 1) would he last a season? also why would you get a reciever that not an upgrade,physically or skillset wise? They’re are some good free agent recievers that could be a good fit and for value to name a few : NYG Ramses Barden, MIN. Jerome Simpson CLE. Josh Cribbs etc.

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