The Patriots have an agreement in principle with receiver Danny Amendola on a five-year deal, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
Amendola was targeted as a strong option to replace Wes Welker, and the Patriots, who had negotiated with Amendola over the weekend during the legal tampering period, moved fast. According to Schefter, the five-year pact is worth $31 million, with $10 million guaranteed.
The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Amendola, who like Welker (5-9, 185) went to Texas Tech, has often been compared to Welker. In 2011 with the Rams, a season in which he was limited to one game because of an elbow injury, Amendola worked under current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. That familiarity likely contributed to the Patriots' decision to pursue Amendola.
Similar to when the Patriots acquired Welker in a trade in 2007, the 27-year-old Amendola agreed to a five-year term. Welker, who turns 32 in May, agreed to a two-year deal with the Broncos earlier today.
Injuries have limited Amendola over the last two seasons, as he has appeared in just 12 games over that span. This past season, he totaled 63 receptions in 11 games. His most productive season came in 2010 when he totaled 85 catches for 689 yards, with three touchdowns.