ESPN 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. 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. Amendola has 196 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns in 42 career games.
I absolutely love this signing for the New England Patriots, Amendola is essentially a younger version of Wes Welker, who he will replace in Foxboro. I think that Amendola will instantly become a threat to catch 115 balls from Tom Brady, and he should become an an excellent slot receiver for the Patriots, which is so important for their offense. We have been calling this signing for a while, and when Welker signed with the Broncos earlier today, it was a foregone conclusion that the Pats would jump on Amendola. Make sure you draft Amendola early in your fantasy football league next season, he will have a monster year, especially in PPR leagues.