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Amendola could be New England’s new Welker

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Silva pointed out on Thursday that Rams restricted free agent Danny Amendola has been spotted in the Boston area.  Our pal Tom Curran of CSNNE.com elaborated on the topic, sharing details of his efforts to pry details from Amendola’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, which seems to be even harder that squeezing blood from the Blarney Stone.  (And that’s the closest I’ll come to acknowledging that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.)

The Patriots have a well-earned reputation for reading the riot act to agents who represent players in whom the Pats are interested.  “If word of this gets out,” the warning usually goes, “we’re pulling the plug.”

As Curran explains it, this one is even more delicate than usual because Amendola possibly would replace Wes Welker, who currently wears the franchise tag.  If Welker catches wind of the possibility that the Pats will try to pry Amendola away from the Rams, Welker could sign the franchise tender, which would give him a fully-guaranteed one-year salary in the range of $9.4 million.

Then again, maybe that’s what the Patriots are hoping to do.  Once Welker signs the tender, he could be traded.

Maybe to the Rams.  For the rights to Danny Amendola, and perhaps the second-round pick the Rams squeezed out of the Redskins last week.

It would be a win-win deal.  The Rams need a savvy, experienced slot receiver, who would provide a reliable safety valve for developing quarterback Sam Bradford.  In New England, Tom Brady is the savvy and experienced one; adding Amendola allows them to go younger and cheaper at the position.

Regardless of what the Patriots are up to, it looks like they’re up to something.

Some of you would say they always are.

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40 Responses to “Amendola could be New England’s new Welker”
  1. wikidpissah says: Mar 16, 2012 7:44 AM

    Karen Gueregian of the Boston Herald tweeted yesterday that “WR Danny Amendola was spotted in Boston last night, is attending a funeral in Maine. Per source, no plans to meet with Pats”

  2. rushbacker says: Mar 16, 2012 7:47 AM

    And if you’d ever read Dune, you’d understand about plans within plans. Like, for example, the fact that freeing up that cap space would also allow them to address the outside the lines vertical threat that Amendola doesn’t bring. . . by signing Mike Wallace to an offer sheet that Pitt can’t match. If they did pry a pick out of the Rams, it would even help compensate for the pick they’d exchange for Wallace.

    Ha ha. I bet you Bill B. has read Dune. And the Art of War, and Nietzsche, and maybe even some Aleister Crowley type of weirdness.

  3. effjohntaylornorelation says: Mar 16, 2012 7:55 AM

    “Regardless of what the Patriots are up to, it looks like they’re up to something.

    “Some of you would say they always are.”

    Amen! It is always fascinating to watch them work.

  4. faulkn22 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:57 AM

    My one memory of Amendola is the kickoff return he had against the Lions in ’09. Zack Follett (special teamer that retired from a neck injury) absolutely destroyed him on the return.

    I’m sure Amendola is a good player, but first impressions are huge.

  5. mempusa says: Mar 16, 2012 7:58 AM

    Tom Curran is nothing more than re-posting blogger who trys to start trouble.

  6. mrstinkypants says: Mar 16, 2012 7:59 AM

    As a Pats fan, I wouldn’t mind seeing Amendola in the slot- that is if he can stay healthy. He hasn’t exactly proven that in St Louis.

  7. gstewart400 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:59 AM

    The fly in the ointment of this analysis is that Mike Reiss says that Amendola has family in the area and that his being here may simply be for a death in the family. In that situation, its also understandable if the agent wants to keep a private situation private.

  8. Soulman45 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:04 AM

    This is the way it should be done get younger and be on the cheap side save the cap.

  9. jade amor says: Mar 16, 2012 8:05 AM

    To follow your point rushbacker, I had read a few years ago the Belichick’s favorite movies are the Bourne movies… LMFAO, why am I not surprised, except, since BB seems to genuinely be more intelligent than the rest of us, and he is the master of working the system to suit his needs at that particular moment, he probably knows what is going to happen at the end of the movie before the opening credits are done, lol…ruining the movie for everyone else, lol

  10. beckzhere says: Mar 16, 2012 8:08 AM

    That’s because they always are up to something.

  11. thcnote says: Mar 16, 2012 8:14 AM

    If the Pats want Amendola to replace Welker then why would the Rams give him and a second round pick up for a WR that will be done by the time the Rams are ready to win. Makes no since. Why not keep Amendola and let him and Bradford develope together. Don’t outthink yourself.

  12. jnbnet says: Mar 16, 2012 8:22 AM

    rushbacker says:
    Mar 16, 2012 7:47 AM
    And if you’d ever read Dune, you’d understand about plans within plans. Like, for example, the fact that freeing up that cap space would also allow them to address the outside the lines vertical threat that Amendola doesn’t bring. . . by signing Mike Wallace to an offer sheet that Pitt can’t match. If they did pry a pick out of the Rams, it would even help compensate for the pick they’d exchange for Wallace.

    Ha ha. I bet you Bill B. has read Dune. And the Art of War, and Nietzsche, and maybe even some Aleister Crowley type of weirdness.

    ——————————————————
    Right! I’m sure Bellichick reads tons of sifi to formulate his plans. You should see the draft room….”My mother and your mother were hanging up clothes…..” Whatever he does, it works. 5 superbowls in 10 years proves it.

  13. icdogg says: Mar 16, 2012 8:24 AM

    To think the Eagles let him go for nothing in order to keep Kendra’s husband around for two more weeks.

  14. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 16, 2012 8:38 AM

    mempusa says:Mar 16, 2012 7:58 AM

    Tom Curran is nothing more than re-posting blogger who trys to start trouble.
    ———————————————————-
    A “blogger”?

    You obviously have never really heard of Tom E. Curran.

    Been reading this guy since his days at the Projo, listen to him weekly on The Big Show; he’s one of the best.

  15. bodeee1975 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:41 AM

    I DONT GET IT, I just DONT…..I love the team, I also think Bob Kraft is one of the greatest owners in the league, I also believe Belichick is one of the greatest coaches of all-time…..BUT…..Sometimes the teams cheapness gets a bit old….I understand Welker is now an over 30 WR, but his production has had very little drop off since the day they got him… This is one of the times I wish Kraft would step up and say were taking care of Wes , he deserves it. …This CAT has played his butt off for the team…..He rushed back from major knee surgery and shoulder surgery to be ready for the start of the season 2 years ago….WHY WHY WHY WHY not for once just bend a little and give a truly great team player the money he deserves…..Im not a fool, I know he is not a Calvin Johnson type WR, But what he has been is everything the patriots have asked for and more…Year after year it seems there is some kind of bitter contract squabble with the team, its become more than a joke…..They go out this year and sign some basically unkown players in need positions and then flirt with guys like Gonzales and possibly Amendola, who looked good a couple of years ago with the Rams, but geeeeez they need a burner , a genuine deep threat not another posession guy, why chase probably the best possesion guy in the league out for a dude that has never stayed healthy since the day the colts drafted him or Amendola ( If the rumor about them even being interested ) or Hell any other slot type reciever…..

  16. damnsureis says: Mar 16, 2012 8:41 AM

    Why would they get rid of Welker to take a risk on an injury prone receiver that *may* become the next Wes Welker when they already have the real Wes Welker? Younger and cheaper isn’t always a good thing. They can easily get younger and cheaper at the QB position but I don’t see it happening.

  17. allsportsnyfan says: Mar 16, 2012 8:47 AM

    Whatever the pats do, with all Moss’s, Welker, Gronk, TB, they still can’t win a SB in the last 8 years, get a life, and while you are at it, get a new QB, yours is been choking under pressure in the playoffs.

  18. poppa12645 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:52 AM

    If your hearing about it, it ain’t happening!

  19. clevelandsteamer1 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:59 AM

    Weren’t Welker and Amendola teammates at Tech?

  20. keepounding1234 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:03 AM

    There is no way the Pats trade this season. Period.

  21. Marv says: Mar 16, 2012 9:06 AM

    Curran should’ve done what all the other Boston media guys did: Check the story before coming up with stuff like this.

    Armendola has family in the Boston area and was there to attend a funeral! He was not spotted at the Pats facilities but at a bar called “The Place”. There is NO story… for now, of course!

  22. samoanjungle says: Mar 16, 2012 9:10 AM

    Should rename this site Speculation.com

  23. homelanddefense says: Mar 16, 2012 9:11 AM

    that move would only make sense if they were planning to use Welker’s money on another WR on the outside….

  24. skito13 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:11 AM

    Ram’s are not giving the pattys the sweat off…..

  25. Patskrieg dot com says: Mar 16, 2012 9:17 AM

    What has Danny Amendola ever accomplished in the NFL? You’re really discounting how much Belichick values the well established chemistry between Brady and Welker. Why do you think they went trading for Deion Branch 2 years ago?

    Do not want.

  26. TheWizard says: Mar 16, 2012 9:18 AM

    bodee, paying a guy for what he’s done in the past is the road to cap hell.

    They have to project what he’s going to do in the life of his new contract, which is risky when they’re on the wrong side of 30

  27. portnoychunk says: Mar 16, 2012 9:24 AM

    pftcensorssuck says: Mar 16, 2012 8:38 AM

    mempusa says:Mar 16, 2012 7:58 AM

    Tom Curran is nothing more than re-posting blogger who trys to start trouble.
    ———————————————————-
    A “blogger”?

    You obviously have never really heard of Tom E. Curran.

    Been reading this guy since his days at the Projo, listen to him weekly on The Big Show; he’s one of the best.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    One of the best? What is wrong with you? The guy throws out hair-brained speculation after speculation and hopes something eventually sticks. What are you, 12? One of the best? smh

  28. starfan79 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:24 AM

    Dallas should have never let him go… Wouldn’t be looking for a reciever right now

  29. rooney24 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:40 AM

    I thought the Pats already had the younger, cheaper version of Welker in Edelman. Is he not signed for next year?

  30. ernie ernie says: Mar 16, 2012 9:53 AM

    Interesting. Maybe someone high up in the org is still hurting over that pass that Welker almost caught, that almost won, the almost superbowl.

    He has to answer to someone for it. The team sure ain’t wrapping their arms around the guy.

    Maybe he noticed his phone hasn’t been ringing in the off season.

  31. dyims says: Mar 16, 2012 9:55 AM

    bodeeeeeeeeeee needs to come in off that ledge that he is teetering on.

  32. schmitty2 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:58 AM

    For all you people that refer to Amendola as “injury prone” are clueless. The guy dislocated his elbow on a freak play! As far as the Rams go…what they really need is a receiver who streches the field and provides a true “deep threat” If they lose Amendola it would hurt a little but Greg Salas was proving to be a decent slot receiver before he broke his leg

  33. bozosforall says: Mar 16, 2012 10:23 AM

    jnbnet says:
    Mar 16, 2012 8:22 AM
    rushbacker says:
    Mar 16, 2012 7:47 AM
    And if you’d ever read Dune, you’d understand about plans within plans. Like, for example, the fact that freeing up that cap space would also allow them to address the outside the lines vertical threat that Amendola doesn’t bring. . . by signing Mike Wallace to an offer sheet that Pitt can’t match. If they did pry a pick out of the Rams, it would even help compensate for the pick they’d exchange for Wallace.

    Ha ha. I bet you Bill B. has read Dune. And the Art of War, and Nietzsche, and maybe even some Aleister Crowley type of weirdness.

    ——————————————————
    Right! I’m sure Bellichick reads tons of sifi to formulate his plans. You should see the draft room….”My mother and your mother were hanging up clothes…..” Whatever he does, it works. 5 superbowls in 10 years proves it.

    __
    0-2 in the last two only reinforces the fact that but for his cheating, he would be 0-5.

  34. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    Amendola is not Welker. Not even close.

  35. homelanddefense says: Mar 16, 2012 10:38 AM

    What has Danny Amendola ever accomplished in the NFL? You’re really discounting how much Belichick values the well established chemistry between Brady and Welker. Why do you think they went trading for Deion Branch 2 years ago?

    Do not want.
    ________________________

    About the same amount that Welker had when the Pats traded for him. I dont want to swap him out for Welker, think its a bad move, but the similarities are there.

  36. tigerlilac says: Mar 16, 2012 10:56 AM

    Bellichick does not overpay (except for mistakes like Ocho and Thomas), just ask Lawyer Malloy and Asanate Samuel. He needs Welker for at least this year and next but he may not want to use the franchise tag twice on one player when there will be other young assets to protect. What we don’t know is how far apart Welker and the Pats are on a contract. If it is too far, the story could have legs. If the gap is not that great a deal will get done with Welker. One thing that won’t happen, the Pats will not lose Welker like they did Samuel for just a compensatory third round pick and one additional year of service (not actually a bad deal if you think about it in light of the time Brady has left).

  37. tigerlilac says: Mar 16, 2012 12:33 PM

    Bozo, every team starts the season with a 6.25% chance of making the Super Bowl and a 3.125% chance of winning the Super Bowl.

    Despite those slim odds, Bellichick has gone to 5 of the last 11 Super Bowls, winning three of them. Try as much as you want to discredit him; as a head coach or defensive coordinator, he has gone to eight Super Bowls and has won 5 of them. He is a football god.

  38. 6ball says: Mar 16, 2012 12:46 PM

    .

    Every team should explore every opportunity to improve. Being the WR situation is unclear, the Patriots would be wise to keep all options on the table.

    What if Welker refuses to sign his tender? What’s the backup plan? Curtis Painter?

    .

  39. patsfiend says: Mar 16, 2012 12:49 PM

    I think I’ve been brainwashed by Bill and the Pats. Since, as much as I respect Welker and what he has done for the team, I just thought this when I read about him signing the tender…

    He signs, they trade him, sign Amendola. They save a ton of money to use on defense and/or Lloyd. They nab another draft pick in the process. Amen-delman is 95% as productive as catching 5 yd passes as Welker was… but younger and cheaper.

    They’ve done stuff like this before. Don’t be surprised if the Welker jersies are 50% off in a couple weeks at Patriots Place.

  40. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 16, 2012 7:39 PM

    You got something against St. Patrick’s Day?

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