Brilliant move by the Pats, they basically got a younger version of Welker locked up for 5 years. I think NE paying Amendola more than what they were offering Wes tells us everything we need to know about Wes Welker.
Out of a possible 64 games in his career he has played in 42. The last 2 seasons that number is 12. In my mind this guy is to fragile to rely on as a replacement to Welker. In what is undoubtedly Brady's last couple of years, they should have shelled out the extra 2 million and kept Welker instead of letting him go a team that is viewed as one of the favorites in the AFC. Welker is a lot more reliable then Danny Amendola.
Also, what the Pats just did to Tom Brady is far from the family atmosphere they have been repeatedly described as.
The addition of a stud young QB with outstanding defense reading abilities and accuracy transformed him into a 1000 yard receiver - and that's with being on death's door and very little pre-training camp conditioning.
Welker was great but had diversions including Moss and then Hernandez and
Gronk. Last season Hartline did his thing with Gaffney, Armstrong and Leggo MyEggo. Imagine how his TD production will amplify now that he's lining up with that same QB, the most prolific and productive 30yd long ball receiver since '09 and presumably 1 or 2 TEs that can actually get open and catch the ball.
It's hard to believe isn't it how on FH he's begrudged the $6MM and labeled as "mediocre" but to more impersonal, agenda-free sports fans like the consensus of JetsInsider and a bunch of folks comparing him favorably to Brown on the Steelers board, even without these new complimentary tools, Hartline was considered a good re-signing at a fair price.
Or doesn't the crisp route-running, sure-handed Hartline fit your narrative?
That's exactly right. Some players are more prone to injury than others and amendola might be that player. It's not like Brady is 27 and welker is 36. You know what you have with Wes. You know he's gonna catch over 100 balls and give you 1200+ yards. You know he's durable and can take hit after hit in the slot. Amendolas never reached 700 yards in a season. He's been injured
Maybe he can stay healthy for a full season, maybe he can give you close to what welker gave New England. But that's a lot of ifs to deal with in Brady's last couple of seasons. And to take that chance for a couple of million? The pats over thought this one. They definitely made this decision personal. Maybe amendola becomes the new Wes welker. Maybe he doesn't. But do you know who would definitely give you welkers production? Wes welker
Last edited by swampdonkey; 03-14-2013 at 10:20 AM.
Glad to see him go... Twice a year he's killed us. It was personal for him.