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Patriots Sign Amendola to Replace Welker

St. Louis Rams v Seattle SeahawksFoxborough (ESPNBoston.com) — The New England Patriots moved quickly to replace Wes Welker, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Danny Amendola on a five-year contract Wednesday, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Big Shoes To Fill

Danny Amendola will be hard-pressed to prove as durable as Wes Welker. Since entering the NFL in 2009, Amendola has missed 23 games. Welker, on the other hand, has missed just three games during that span while also averaging more receptions per game and yards per reception.

Welker vs. Amendola Since 2009

Welker Amendola
Games missed 3 23
Rec per game 7.4 4.7
Yds per rec 11.4 8.8
Average YAC 5.6 4.4
– ESPN Stats & Information

Amendola’s deal is worth $31 million, including $10 million guaranteed.

Amendola’s agreement comes hours after Welker left the Patriots for a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos. That deal is worth $12 million, sources told Schefter.

The 27-year-old Amendola finished last season with 63 receptions for 666 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games for the St. Louis Rams.

He missed virtually all of the 2011 season after dislocating his left elbow in the opener, and then injuring a triceps muscle after returning to practice. In 2011, Amendola played under then-offensive assistant coach Josh McDaniels, who is now the Patriots’ offensive coordinator.

Amendola has 196 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns in 42 career games.

Amendola previously has been compared to Welker because of their elusiveness and ability to play in the slot.

In New England, Amendola has big shoes to fill in Welker, who had 672 receptions over six seasons (an average of 112 per season) with the Patriots. Welker had a team-high 118 catches for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns last season.

 

 


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