Checkmate. Shortly after Wes Welker agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos, the Patriots retaliated by agreeing to terms with WR Danny Amendola. The former Rams receiver agreed to a five-year, $31 million contract with $10 million guaranteed. To be quite honest, The Patriots aren’t losing or gaining much here. There are a lot of similarities between the two players.
Like Welker, Amendola attended Texas Tech, where a short passing game system is primarily ran. Amendola and Welker are also used mostly in the slot. However, a major difference is experince,playoff experience to be exact. Danny Amendola has never played in a playoff game, while Welker has played in ten and has two Super Bowl appearances. That’s something you need to consider.
Let’s also not forget that Amendola has healthy concerns. He was only able to play eleven games in 2012 and only one game in 2011. In contrast, Wes Welker has only missed 3 games in eight seasons. He’s been a guy that you can consistently count on, and I’m not sure that Amendola will just fix his injury issues in the blink of an eye.
We’ll see in 2013 which player lives up to his contract more than the other.