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Patriots could be targeting Rams RFA WR Danny Amendola

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  1. naF staP

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    Brandon Lloyd may not be the only receiver from the Rams whom the Patriots are targeting in free agency.

    Tom Curran of CSNNE.com explores the possibility that the Patriots could have an eye on Danny Amendola, a restricted free agent whom the Rams tendered at the second-round level.

    If the Patriots are interested, they’d need to sign Amendola to an offer sheet and then, if the Rams chose not to match the offer, ship a second-round draft pick to St. Louis. That may seem like too steep a price for Amendola, who was lost for the season with a Week One elbow injury last year, but maybe it wouldn’t be: Although he didn’t get a lot of attention on a bad Rams team, Amendola was a solid possession receiver who caught 85 passes in 2010.

    There are a lot of similarities between Amendola and Wes Welker, and the Patriots could see the 26-year-old Amendola as Welker’s heir apparent in their passing game. Signing Amendola could make the Patriots feel more comfortable about merely keeping Welker on his one-year franchise tender, rather than signing him to a more costly long-term contract.

    A second-round pick is a high price to pay, but if Amendola could be anywhere near the receiver in the Patriots’ offense that Welker has been, it would be a great deal.
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    Amendola would make sense as Welker 2.0 | CSNNE.com | Tom E. Curran
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    Gotta learn to read more carefully. For a second there I thought they were interested in signing DA from 98.5.:D
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    Ugh, I think we're set on slot receivers.
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    Amendola might actually be a pretty good idea. The guy has the potential to be Wes Welker 2.0. Welker isn't going to be here forever. Might as well look at him to see if he is worth it. I am not advocating it, but it might be worth a look.
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    Problem with going for a tagged FA is that Pats have to wait 7 days to see if the present team responds. Lots of FA opportunities whiz by in that timeframe when you've locked up a good portion of your cap money in reserve.
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    someone's idea just turned into a possibility.....

    he will be with the rams next year
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    Surprised no one has jumped to the conclusion that Amendola is plan B if they decide to jettison Welker and use the cap space elsewhere. I don't like the idea but I can see that being the thought process here.
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    The good news is that few people will pursue a tendered RFA. The Pats won't even have to consider Amendola until early April. The free agency frenzy will slow down by then.
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    Assuming Amendola wants to leave St. Louis and come to Foxboro. . . .
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    That is the assumption on any free agent whether they are RFA or UFA. If a free agent doesn't want to play for the Pats, it really doesn't matter if the Pats have to wait seven days to sign him or when they have to make the offer.
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    Word. A 2nd for Amendola? That's absolutely awful.
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    I agree. Who the hell would want to leave St. Louis for the Patriots? :) Its like choosing tuna fish over lobster
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    The issue here would be playing time. With Welker returning, either Amendola would end up being underused or the Patriots would have to do some combination or more 4 wr sets and sets with Welker as an outside receiver (which I'd like them to get away from).
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    uh...no one jumping to a plan B conclusion like Curran just jumped to a plan b conclusion? this surprises you?

    I'm surprised Curran can even type after obviously drinking his way through the North End last night...
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    Lets be clear. This is not INFORMATION that the Patriots are interested in Amendola. It is an article by Tom Curran saying he thinks they should be interested. Just pure speculation of who Curran would predict they may show interest in.
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    Check the welker thread.....
    I said that this was a distinct possibility a few weeks ago

    :cool:
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    So the assertation he is Amendola is more valuable than a 2nd round pick, loss of whatever $$ needed to sign him and Julian Edelman?

    Am I missing something here or is this just plain crazy talk perpetuated by a mad man?
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    I think BB would certainly entertain this idea:

    Sign Lloyd, sign Amendola

    Trade Welker for picks

    Lloyd/Amendola might cost $3.5-$4.5M more then Welker combined. We could net more in pick(s) then Amendola costs us.

    We've avoided the risk a small 31 year old (in June I believe) with an injury history implies with a guy that's 5 years younger, and increased the depth of our rec corps. All we have to do is draft a TE this year or next year to cover the two TE squeeze coming. It's unlikely we can afford both w/ Lloyd and Amendola both under contract.

    I'd think I'd like my 4 prime recs to be: Lloyd, Amendola, Gronk, AH over Gronk, AH, Welker, and Ocho/Branch/Kid/lower tier FA.
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    God forbid BB does this. Then Curren will accept credit. :eek:
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    Danny Amendola has nothing on Wes Welker for one thing he makes Wes Welker look a heck of alot faster. How do you catch 85 balls and dont even have 800yds??:confused: Obvilously Amendola cannot break a tackle to save his life. BB we want SPEED! at WR not tortoises.:rolleyes:
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    San Bradford can't look beyond 10 yards. In the last two years his 6.0 and 6.1 yards per attempt placed him 31st for QBs who qualified.

    Amendola may need to work on finding soft sports in defenses or setting up receivers a little better but his QB or offensive system didn't exactly help his case.
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    Great insight rw...was too lazy to look it up hmmm...Amendola may be much better than regarded.*foot in mouth*
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    Yea Im working from home to day so I was curious....

    Who knows with NFL players. My point is that any guy that catches 85 balls at this level knows what he is doing.

    Physically, he is a Welker clone...

    he was very productive at TT

    40yd- 4.58
    10yd-1.51
    20yd-2.65
    3 cone-6.81
    20yd shuttle-4.25

    Welker
    40-yd-4.65
    20yd shuttle-4.01
    3 cone-7.01

    Welker has a longer broad jump and did slightly better at the wonderlic.

    Of course, we don't know his heart and determination. That is what separates WW from everyone.
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    Definitely Slot WR times there.:p:D
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    Welker going to be faster next year and the year after too? So far, Welker has way outpaced his salary, I don't want to be in a position for paying him for his past, and if we sign a long term deal with him the odds start to get very good that's what will happen. One reason Seymour is gone.

    How fast was Welker after he went out?

    How productive are WR's at 31 and beyond?

    :rolleyes: back at you
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    Welker ain't geting 9Mill a year from the Patriots in 2013.:nono:
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    I certainly hope not. I'd give him $19M for 3 years with a meh bonus. He could certainly do better elsewhere. I predict if he does leave, he will do poorly compared to here. I think the Pats are protecting themselves if they can't get him to sign for reasonable money. Better draft picks then nothing if they cannot get a sensible deal signed.
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    I agree with that being that he's a Great Slot Guy a little over 6.5Mill a year sounds just right.
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    Amendola might be worth a 2nd round pick if we didn't have Welker, Hernandez, Edelman, and probably Branch. Even then I'd question the value of such a move, given that the guy practically didn't play last year.

    They need someone other than Gronk who can catch the ball down the field.
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