Danny Amendola signs with Lions

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There were reports that wide receiver Danny Amendola was interested in reuniting with the Patriots after being released by the Dolphins, but it appears a different reunion is in store.

Dianna Russini of ESPN reports that Amendola is in Detroit and taking a physical with the Lions’ medical staff. If all goes well, Amendola is expected to sign a contract to join the Lions for the 2019 season. Albert Breer of SI.com reports that the deal has a base salary of $4.5 million and could be worth as much as $5.75 million.

Amendola’s never played for the Lions before, but there are some familiar faces in Detroit. Head coach Matt Patricia was the defensive coordinator in New England when Amendola was with the Patriots and General Manager Bob Quinn was in the New England front office when Amendola joined the team.

Safety Tavon Wilson is a former teammate from the Patriots, although two others — running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois — may be leaving as free agents.

Amendola would join Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay at receiver for Detroit and gets a jump on a slot receiver free agent group that includes Cole Beasley, Jamison Crowder and Adam Humphries.

UPDATE 8:42 a.m. ET: The Lions announced that Amendola has signed with the team.

40 responses to “Danny Amendola signs with Lions

  1. Time for Matthew Stafford to step up and make the players around him better. Aaron Rodgers takes chunks of gravel out of the parking lot and transforms it into 400 yards per game.

  2. Patriots weren’t going to pay him that much.

    Teams like Detroit and Miami have to outbid the Patriots to get these guys and that rarely works out well for them.

  3. Vet minimum to go thru grueling pats camp with no garuntee to make the roster ? Or 5.75mil to play with the lions with next to no chance of being cut ?

  4. As a Lions follower who lives in Michigan, the media will have a negative field day with this signing…..bullseyes on Quinn and Patricia.

  5. Good for him, sorry the Dolphins didn’t re sign him, he played well for them last year.
    Thought he would go back to the Patriots.

  6. Super Bowls with the Patriots …. BORING!!! Play for the Dolphins and Lions in two years …. SOUNDS FUN!!!

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    Some guys make their money first and then ring chase. Others do it the other way around. Nothing wrong with either.

  7. Good for him. Had been hoping for a return to NE though. Amendola may have had a career after football in Boston, but probably not after this second contract choice. Think of what he might have done with JE11 in this last SB. Clocked may have expired on his Boston shelf life now.

  8. What the actual with that salary!

    I love Playoff Dola, but you can not have him out there as a starter for all 16 games, he gets hurt constantly.

  9. Hole at slot receiver after Tate left. Seems like a reasonable one year deal. Only so many holes you can fill in the draft and we all know this roster has plenty of them.

    Especially with nevin Lawson being gone. That secondary was thin last year with nevin Lawson and it may already be time to move on from Tabor, a blind person could watch a game last year and tell he wasn’t ready.

  10. “Danny Amendola signed withe the Lions”…..

    and was never heard from again.

  11. arclight1972 says:
    March 11, 2019 at 8:56 am
    Amandola got overpaid at $6,000,000 with the Dolphins.
    This contract is more reasonable, but I kind of doubt he’ll be worth it.

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    It was 8.25 mil guaranteed. It’s why he was cut already. He was overpaid and he made it all in one season.

  12. ragnarthegreat says:
    March 11, 2019 at 9:17 am
    “Danny Amendola signed withe the Lions”…..

    and was never heard from again.

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    Just like any Vikings #3 WR………

  13. Not sure why he is getting so much hate. He was overpaid in Miami but started 15 games and had over 500 yards in a horrible Miami offense. In a weak WR market that isn’t a bad deal.

  14. forthegoodofthegame says:
    March 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Good for him. Had been hoping for a return to NE though. Amendola may have had a career after football in Boston, but probably not after this second contract choice. Think of what he might have done with JE11 in this last SB. Clocked may have expired on his Boston shelf life now.

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    New England fans are savvy enough to know the Patriots would never pay Danny that kind of money and that he needs to get paid at this point in his career. If he chooses to do something with Julian Edelman post-football, New England will welcome him. And with or without Edelman, he’ll never have to pay for a drink in Boston.

  15. Danny “Averagedola” a convenient signing cuz HC and GM know him…how about signing the best players?? They signed Blount last year for same reason and he looked like he was running in shackles….

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    March 11, 2019 at 8:48 am

    LOL!

    The guy absolutely raided Miami last year for 8.25 mil.
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    carloswlassiter says:
    March 11, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Patriots weren’t going to pay him that much.

    Teams like Detroit and Miami have to outbid the Patriots to get these guys and that rarely works out well for them.
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    C’mon- 4 mill is hardly too much for Amendola. Dolphins contract was for 2 years-he only got half of that 8 million.

    he was Miami’s leading receiver last year- not sure how anyone could say they got “raided”- especially since he had no quality QB throwing to him.

    Love Amendola, didn’t want him to go, but he took a pay cut 2 straight years with Pats despite his excellent performance- he deserved to get paid something at this point. Even though we won the SB, He was severely missed last year.

  17. Good for Danny. Pats wouldn’t have paid him more than half what he’s getting in Detroit. He’s got his rings, last year and this year he’s ensured the future for his family.

  18. If he gives us the same 60 and 600 he did in Miami, I’ll be completely content with this.

    Guarantee we draft a shifty, jitterbug, speedster in round 2-4.

  19. FYI, with Amendola a successful physical is anything but a formality. This one is not done until it’s REALLY done.

  20. annes22 says:
    March 11, 2019 at 8:42 am
    Good for him, sorry the Dolphins didn’t re sign him, he played well for them last year.
    Thought he would go back to the Patriots.
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    I’m glad he didn’t. Like I said in the earlier thread he was initially a big overpaid let down in NE – supposed to replace Welker but often injured and could barely become backup Edelman. Then he had those 2 great playoff spells (2016 & 17). Would have been welcomed back to NE for fairly low-ish money effectively playing as Edelman’s backup again, but instead he still wants to cash in big time – and frankly I don’t really blame him and nor do most Pats fans.

  21. Danny only truly unlocks for the playoffs, which the Dolphins and now the Lions will see firsthand.

  22. manderson4150 says:
    March 11, 2019 at 8:41 am
    As a Lions follower who lives in Michigan, the media will have a negative field day with this signing…..bullseyes on Quinn and Patricia.

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    Valenti is frothing as we speak..

    with that said, I actually don’t hate this move. He’s not the player he was, but over the middle- move the chains. Guy catches everything. If you don’t expect more than his role of that, I think this works out.

  23. After Amendola mouthed off about NE and BB, you actually believed NE wanted him back? He’s a mediocre wr who burned his bridge with NE.

  24. Good pick up. The ‘hands’ is the point… but Stafford doesn’t have the touch Brady has. He’s more of a guided missile.

    See Eric Ebron to Colts… all of a sudden, he can CATCH… for record setting quantities and yards.

  25. Good for Amendola to make money in Miami and Detroit, for in his last 3 years in NE, he accepted pay cuts to stay there and win SB.
    And he’ll play indoors, only 16 games and a longer off season !!!

  26. Cole Beasley want a guaranteed contract from the Cowboys worth 20 million over the life of the contract. If he sign a contract 4 years that’s 5 mil a season. 5years is 4 mil a season. That seems pretty much in line Amendola is getting.

  27. Was hoping Danny would come back to NE, but there’s no way they were going to pay him that much. Danny has 2 SB rings, so I think at this point in his career, he’s going for the financial security. And who can blame him?

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