Amendola signed with the Patriots before Welker's decision

Amendola signed with the Patriots before Welker's decision
March 14, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Danny Amendola actually signed with the Patriots on Tuesday, which was before Wes Welker had made his decision to join the Broncos.

(USA Today Sports)

Well, this changes things a little. Danny Amendola signed with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, about a day before Wes Welker agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos.

News of Amendola's agreeing to a deal with New England broke after the Welker news, making it seem a reactionary move on the part of the Patriots. In reality, the Patriots' reaction came when Welker and his representatives made it clear they would test the free-agent market. With Amendola's contract in place, the Patriots could not afford to let him leave without signing and risk losing both him and Welker.  

The Welker camp remained steadfast that the receiver's market would be in the $8 million to $9 million-per-season range. New England disagreed, which in part led them to prepare for Welker's departure.

And once Amendola agreed, there was no turning back.