When you think of Danny Amendola, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many people, the label ‘injury-prone’ comes to mind. Sure, when he’s healthy he’s a great receiver. But when is he healthy? That’s apparently the question the New England Patriots are asking right now.
According to a report from football personality Dan Pompei, the Pats are seriously considering trading or cutting Amendola.
After just one year in New England, has the oft-injured wide out already worn out his welcome? I suppose it’s possible, but it’s kind of a head-scratcher when you consider that he just signed a five-year deal last offseason.
The kicker in all of this, is that Amendola’s contract is only guaranteed for two years. So if the Pats can’t find a trade partner, they can actually cut him before the March 11th deadline and free up about $2.8 million in cap space. That doesn’t seem likely to happen, but you can’t fully rule it out. We are talking about the Patriots.
To me, it’s hard to see New England ditching the speedy WR after only one year. While he did have some injury troubles yet again in 2013, he was able to finish the season and perform in the playoffs. But at the same time, he didn’t exactly have a spectacular season. Amendola racked up 633 yards receiving and two touchdowns in the regular season. Those are decent numbers, but not for a guy who’s set to make over $5 million this season.
So while I wouldn’t be surprised if Amendola’s time in New England is up, I also don’t think it would be the greatest idea to release him. Trading him is one thing, completely dropping him is another. If the Pats can’t get a good offer for him on the trade market, I don’t see what they’d have to lose by keeping him around for another season.
Is he more than likely going to get hurt again in 2014? Yes. But there’s also a chance he could finally have the big breakout season everyone has been waiting for. If the Pats add some other pieces to the passing game for insurance, why not roll the dice with Amendola for one more season? If he still can’t get the job done, then it will surely be time to kick him to the curb.