Don't line up to drive Danny Amendola to the airport just yet. Despite a report from veteran NFL writer Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report that the Patriots were floating Amendola's name in trade talks, CSNNE.com Patriots insider Tom E. Curran told SportsNet Central, "I would not bet on Danny Amendola being dealt this offseason."
Amendola struggled in his first season with the Patriots after signing a five-year, $28.5 million contract. He was viewed as the replacement for Wes Welker when the season began, but injuries - a problem throughout the 28-year-old's career - popped up again and he was limited to 12 games by a groin injury and a concussion. He's missed nine regular-season games the past two seasons with the Rams and Patriots.
NFL teams say the name of Danny Amendola has been floated in trade talks. The Patriots signed the wide receiver to a five-year, $28.5 million contract last offseason, but Amendola struggled to stay healthy and did not have the kind of impact the team envisioned him having. Amendola caught 54 passes for 633 yards with Tom Brady throwing to him. He had two better seasons when he played in St. Louis with Sam Bradford throwing to him. There has been speculation the Patriots could cut Amendola if a deal cannot be worked out.
Amendola has a $4.8 million cap hit and the Pats would leave $6.8 million behind in dead money by cutting him.
Beside the financial considerations, Curran said, "if they do trade Amendola, they have to have somebody in mind to bring in, because they would have no veteran receivers on the roster with the exception of Julian Edelman, who of course, will be a free agent."
Edelman, 27, replaced Welker's production with 105 catches for 1,000-plus yards and six touchdowns.