New England Patriots Merely Replace Wes Welker with Danny Amendola

By Andrew Fisher
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The twists and turns of NFL free agency are just great. A day ago, most people thought Wes Welker would re-sign with the New England Patriots. There was no way he would leave Tom Brady and his familiar system in New England, but here we are 24 hours later and Welker is heading west to the Denver Broncos.

The Patriots then had to respond with a move of their own, and they came though with Danny Amendola. In many ways he’s just a younger version of Welker, who ended up with a longer contract. If New England is looking down the road with this move, job well done. Amendola has more long-term value than Welker.

However, all the Patriots did was replace Welker, they didn’t really add to their team. You can argue that Amendola will be better than Welker, maybe he already is, but that’s not the point. The Broncos added a weapon in Wes Welker to their roster. The entire core of their offensive unit from 2012 is still intact, and now they’ve clearly bettered themselves with adding the long-time Patriot.

The question of who has the better offense is not even a question right now. The Broncos are a better offensive team than the Patriots. New England did very well in replacing Welker with Amendola, but they didn’t boost their roster like Denver did.

Clearly, it’s early in free agency and the Patriots may have another trick up their sleeve, but right now they’re in basically the same position as they were with Welker. If I remember correctly, that position was losing in the AFC championship. Yeah, the Broncos lost in the divisional round, but they’ve done something about it.

Your move New England.


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