The Patriot Way may have backfired for Wes Welker, who inked a two-year, $12 million contract with the Broncos Tuesday, but it meant New England got a similar player for roughly the same price, but who also happens to be almost five years younger. Former Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola has agreed to a five-year deal worth $31 million, with $10 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
|NFL offseason news|
Amendola's numbers pale in comparison to Welker's, but he also didn't have the benefit of playing in Tom Brady's offense. In 11 games last season, Amendola had 63 catches for 666 yards and three touchdowns. (Welker's numbers, by comparison: 118 catches, 1,354 yards, 6 touchdowns).
Amendola, who, like Welker, played at Texas Tech, didn't grade out particularly well in Football Outsiders' wide receiver rankings (he was 68th in total value, Welker was 30th), but for some perspective, consider this: Welker ranked 50th in total value in 2006, the season before he ended up in New England; in 2007, he was 11th.
No one would be shocked if Amendola's career followed a similar path.
If nothing else, this should settle Tom Brady's nerves (or at the very least, the source close to the Pats' quarterback):
Spoke to someone close to Tom Brady. Beyond enraged at contract details that netted Broncos Wes Welker. "Disgrace""disservice" were used.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) March 13, 2013