At least one person who covers the league believes New England could have Amendola in its sights as a cheap replacement. According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, who was recently a guest on the Dan Patrick Show, via Fox Sports, the Patriots could view Amendola as a cheap replacement.
Florio makes a good point, and one that I agree with. But if the Patriots don't end up signing Amendola, it will be a shock to see him end up anywhere but back in St. Louis.
The real issue with Amendola is that he's proven to be a player who has developed a reputation—deserved or not—that he's injury prone.
When healthy, there's no doubt that Amendola is capable of producing at a high level. Back in 2010, he caught 85 passes for 689 yards and three touchdowns, and when he was healthy in 2012, he was a dynamic playmaker for the Rams.
But given his history of injury, any teams looking for a slot receiver would likely rather sign Welker.
ESPN's Mike Sando recently wrote an extensive column detailing any potential landing spots for Amendola, and after exhaustive analysis (which you should read, if you're interested), he concluded with this:
With Amendola coming off two injury-shortened seasons, the Rams should have a better shot at keeping him without overpaying, particularly if Welker re-signs. That would be good for St. Louis given the value Amendola has provided on third down in particular.
It's never ideal to try to land a fat contract after being sidelined by injury, but Amendola has been hit two years in a row. His chances of getting signed by any other team than the Rams or Patriots are slim, unless he's willing to sign a cheap deal with a contender.
For what it's worth, Amendola may have the best chance to shine with Sam Bradford and the Rams in 2013, too. He and Bradford have developed undeniable chemistry when both healthy, and it would be fun to see the two of them continue to build on what they've started.
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