Danny Amendola's potential reunion with the Patriots lasted a couple of hours. But ultimately, it looks like the slot wide receiver wanted more money than the Pats probably would have offered.
Amendola, who played with the Patriots for five years before a one-year stint with the Dolphins, has agreed to sign with the Detroit Lions, who happen to be coached by former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
The #Lions plan to sign former #Patriots and #Dolphins WR Danny Amendola to a 1-year deal that includes $4.5M guaranteed base, source said. With incentives, that can bring him to $5.75M. Great addition to the locker room.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
Reports surfaced on Sunday that Amendola and the Patriots had mutual interest in a reunion. But after less than 24 hours, Amendola signed with the Lions for $4.5 million, which is more than the Patriots ever paid the 33 year old in salary in one year. He did get a $6 million signing bonus from them when he was a free agent in 2013, but the most he mad in salary outside of that was $3 and in his last three seasons with the Pats, he only had a base salary of $1.25 million.
Lions skill group:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 11, 2019
QB: Matthew Stafford
RB: Kerryon Johnson
Pass catching back: Theo Riddick
WR: Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones
Slot: Danny Amendola
TE: Michael Roberts
TE remains an area of major need, but things are shaping un nicely in Detroit.
The Lions have some serious talent on offense around Amendola and he could wind up becoming a safety net for Matt Stafford similar to how he was used by Tom Brady. He'll also be a great leader in a locker room full of talented players who are still learning what it takes to win on the biggest stages.
Amendola's best season actually came with the Rams back in 2010, when he caught 85 passes for 689 yards and 3 TDs. He rose to prominence with the Patriots, however, winning two Super Bowl titles and coming up clutch in the playoffs, most notably in 2017 when he had 348 receiving yards and 2 TDs in three games.