(NEW YORK) — Receiver Danny Amendola agreed to a 5-year contract worth $31 million ($10 million guaranteed) Wednesday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Earlier Wednesday it was announced that the Pat’s had lost receiver Wes Welker to the Broncos, and while Amendola does not have Welker’s NFL resume, there are many similarities.
Both play slot receiver, both spent their college days in Lubbock at Texas Tech, and both are close in size (Welker 5’9″, Amendola 5’10”).
Amendola has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the St. Louis Rams. He has accumulated 196 receptions during that time. Amendola only played in one game in 2011 before dislocating his elbow and missing the rest of the season. Last season Amendola missed five games because of a broken collarbone and foot issues. Despite the injuries, Amendola still had 63 receptions for 666 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.
Amendola will be reunited with his former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is now the offensive coordinator in New England.
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