I get the age factor here. Honest.
But even with the five-year gap between Danny Amendola and Wes Welker, I’d still prefer the safety and security provided by a known quantity over an oft-injured and fragile player. Oh, you want the details of the Patriots’ pact with Amendola, a now highly predictable signing after Welker was allowed to walk. Fine.
The Patriots agreed to a 5-year deal with Danny Amendola, source says. 5 years, $31M. $10 guaranteed. Avg: $6.1
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2013
That means Amendola will make only $2 million less in guaranteed money than what Welker is set to earn in Denver (he received a two-year contract worth $12 million that’s fully guaranteed), and he’ll also bank a nearly identical average annual base salary ($6.1 million). He’ll do all that despite missing 22 of the 64 games he could have participated in as a Ram, including five this past season, and he appeared in only one game a year ago.
A healthy Amendola is certainly fast, and certainly skilled, though 262 of his 666 receiving yards this year came over just two games, and he averaged 44.8 yards per game in the other nine starts. Even when we give him his youth compared to Welker, would you rather have the unreliable and to an extent unknown receiver, or pay $2 million more in guaranteed cash and know what you’re purchasing?
I’ll take the latter, and now Bill Belichick will go about the business of proving me and other like-minded prognosticating folk wrong, while also fueling the narrative that Welker was/is a system player. So really, everyone losses here, except maybe the Patriots.