Patriots reportedly may trade or cut Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola PatriotsThe New England Patriots may have plans to get rid of Danny Amendola this offseason, according to a report.

Dan Pompei, a veteran NFL insider currently with Bleacher Report, says the Patriots have floated Amendola’s name in trade talks. Pompei adds that there has been speculation that the Patriots may cut Amendola if they’re unable to work a trade.

The speculation about Amendola being cut came from The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, who suggested the Pats could cut Amendola after June 1. According to Volin, cutting Amendola then would bring cap charges of $1.2 million in 2014 and $3.6 million in 2015.

Amendola signed a five-year, $28.5 million deal with the Patriots last year that included $10 million guaranteed. He only played in 12 games, catching 54 passes for 633 yards and two touchdowns.

Amendola was signed to be the replacement in the offense for Wes Welker, but he disappointed across the board and missed games for the third straight season.

Danny Amendola may have suffered concussion on hit to head

Danny Amendola head injuryDanny Amendola was knocked out of Sunday’s New England Patriots-New Orleans Saints game after taking a hit to the head in the third quarter. Amendola caught a pass and was running toward the sideline, but instead of heading out of bounds, he leaned in for contact and was drilled.

Amendola looked woozy and had to be helped as he walked along the sidelines. He appeared to be showing obvious concussion signs. The team announced that he was out for the rest of the game with a head injury.

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Danny Amendola’s groin injury reportedly a ‘bad one’

Danny Amendola PatriotsDanny Amendola was one of the central figures in the New England Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills. The free agent acquisition had 10 catches on 14 targets for 104 yards and looked like Tom Brady’s favorite receiver. But just like his past two seasons, Amendola got hurt.

Amendola has a groin injury and the Patriots say he could be out 2-6 weeks. He did not suit up for Thursday’s Week 2 game against the New York Jets and will likely be out for Week 3. Amendola’s availability beyond that will depend on how he recovers, but it sounds like he’ll be out for the longer part of that estimate.

Boston Herald Patriots writer Karen Guregian reports that a source told her six weeks is more common for the type of groin injury Amendola has. Guregian also says a source told her Amendola’s injury is a “bad one.”

With the way the Pats offense looked on Thursday night, they’re going to be in trouble if Amendola has to miss the next five weeks. It’s going to be an offensive struggle until they get Amendola and/or Gronk back.

Ryan Clark: Patriots underestimate Wes Welker’s value, Danny Amendola is fragile

Ryan-Clark-Nobody-Wants-to-Go-to-DolphinsWes Welker played the role of safety valve to perfection for Tom Brady for six seasons. Any time the New England Patriots had to have a first down, Brady would always be looking to go to Welker. Now, the three-time Super Bowl champion will not have that option. Instead, he will have to rely on the newly-acquired Danny Amendola and his dynamic tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark wonders if the aforementioned players will be enough. During an appearance on “NFL Live” On Monday, Clark talked about Welker’s importance to the Patriots, which he thinks has been understated.

“I think what’s really underestimated is Wes Welker’s importance to not only the New England Patriots, but Tom Brady,” he said, via ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss. “A lot of what they do is timing. A lot of what they do is option reads, when you’re working inside against that nickelback or against those linebackers. Losing him is huge.

“I know they think Danny Amendola can come in and have the same type of numbers he had with the Rams, but we also have to remember, he’s fragile. He’s not a guy who has completed a whole season, especially playing inside in what can be a physical AFC East. You also think about Gronkowski and the injury; that is going to be bigger than anything for the New England Patriots coming in this year.”

The Patriots were not as concerned about Amendola’s injury history because most of his injuries have been to the upper body, but Clark makes some valid points. The chemistry Brady and Welker developed isn’t going to be instantly replicated by Brady and Amendola. Gronkowski’s health is also a major concern. However, there wouldn’t have been much bulletin board material for Bill Belichick to use if Clark had stopped there. He didn’t.

“In 2010, we saw it start with the Jets in the playoffs,” he continued. “When Tom Brady gets pressure and when you’re man-to-man and bumping those guys and making it hard for him to throw, he sees ghosts. Even when guys aren’t around him, even when he’s not about to be sacked, when his clock goes off in his head that the ball should be out, we’ll see him duck, we’ll see him flinch. When you get Tom Brady doing that, the whole New England Patriots mystique goes away.”

Again, some valid points. But Brady will probably use those points as motivation before the Steelers play the Patriots on Nov. 3. Health will be a major concern for New England heading into the season, but the same can be said for a lot of teams. Is it possible that this guy could be the answer? No, I didn’t think so either.

Danny Amendola pledges $100 for every pass he catches and $200 for every drop to Boston Marathon bombing victims

Danny-AmendolaSince news of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings broke on Monday afternoon, a number of athletes have been doing what they can to pay tribute to the victims and help the healing process. New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, who is much closer to the incident this year than he would have been a year ago, has vowed to help out in the form of donations.

Amendola, who signed a five-year, $31 million deal with the Patriots last month, has already come up with a creative way to help the victims and their families. Early Tuesday morning, the 27-year old tweeted that he plans on donating money for every pass he catches and drops during the 2013 season.

Hopefully these gestures keep rolling in. We already saw Ben Revere pay tribute to the people of Boston with this message on his glove during Monday night’s game, and many others across sports did the same. Every bit of assistance is needed at a time such as this.

Patriots reportedly signed Danny Amendola day before Broncos signed Wes Welker

Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, and there has been a ton of speculation about whether it was more his decision to leave or the decision of the New England Patriots to push him away. If Welker did indeed return to the Patriots after he was offered a two-year, $12 million contract from the Broncos to give New England a chance to match, why didn’t they want him at such a reasonable price?

Perhaps the reason is that the Patriots had already signed Danny Amendola. According to CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran, New England actually inked a deal with the former St. Louis Rams wideout on Tuesday. Apparently the Patriots had already made up their minds when Welker’s camp informed them that the 32-year-old would be testing the free agent market and seeking an annual salary of somewhere in the $8 million to $9 million-per-season range.

Curran said that the Patriots’ line of thinking was that they could not afford to miss out on both Welker and Amnendola. Since their offer to Wes was reportedly two years, $10 million, they clearly realized they were nowhere near the $8 million his agents said he would seek on the open market. In other words, New England did not react to the Broncos signing Welker by quickly locking down Amendola — he was already a Patriot.

It’s obvious that the Patriots did not value Welker all that highly. However, you have to wonder if they would have matched the two-year, $12 million offer had they not already gone ahead and signed Amendola. Perhaps they thought there were teams out there who would have offered significantly more than that, thus causing them to shift their focus when they realized there would be no hometown discount offered. The dynamics of the NFL are even more crazy and unpredictable than we thought.

Danny Amendola hits old man with spike after touchdown

danny-amendola-spikeSt. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola needs to work on his spike accuracy. After scoring during the fourth quarter of the Rams-Vikings game on Sunday, the receiver fired a ball into the ground, and it bounced directly into the face of an old man who was standing at the back of the end zone.

So that’s two fouls on Amendola: One for spiking a ball while down 33-13, and another for nailing an old man.

H/T Jimmy Traina