Re: Is Danny Amendola still a Patriots option next season?
posted at 10/5/2012 4:47 PM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
If they can get Amendola for a good rate (3-4mil a year max) along with Edelman (2-3mil a year max) then those two combined would be a fraction of what they would be paying Welker. They could then take that 4-5mil extra savings and put it towards some secondary help or towards a vet RG.
I love Welker but I'd rather sure up another weak area of the team and have confidence that between Welker, Hern, and Amendola that Welkers role would be cover even in case of injury. Besides I think Hern is Welkers replacement long term anyways with Fells showing great blocking ability and Ballard could be a steal from the Giants as a 3rd TE next year.
Then you'd have a WR core of Lloyd, Hern, Amendola, Edelman, and Slater (ST's). That still leaves room to add a larger WR or someone to park across from Lloyd. Heck the way Demps runs if he can handle the route tree he could be the outside deep threat opposite Lloyd with Fells, Ballard, Gronk, and Hern playing your bigger possession type of receivers
We have a known quantity and you want to give it up for an unknown quantity? Edelman is hit or miss, Amendola is often injured and who knows what we could actually get for 4-6 million at RG or on defense? Not to mention we are now using up more roster spots, as you also mentioned with Demps and possibly others coming off injury/practice squad.
All I know is what we have in Wes and it's a lot, why risk that? Has BB taken these type of risks before? Yeah, but deserves his pay and he is one the biggest parts of our offense. No one does it like Wes on this team or in this league.