In fact, I suspect the Patriots risked losing Welker in part because they knew Amendola would be available to them in free agency.
Amendola and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were together in St. Louis for the 2011 season. Amendola was hurt that year, a big disappointment for McDaniels.
"He has great quickness in a short area and when you talk about a smaller guy, he has that great ability to create some separation," McDaniels said of Amendola in 2011. "You gotta be really tough, you gotta be able to create some separation quick because you don't have all day to run a 5-yard route sometimes. You gotta get open. He does that and he has great hands and he’s really tough. He is everything you want in that regard."