Well, it appears that the next installment in the vaunted film series “Pats: Cleaning the Streets” has been relegated to development hell.
NFL Network’s Peter Schrager reported in advance of the NFL Combine that DA is going to be signing a new one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.
Some pre-Combine news.— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) February 22, 2020
Free agent WR Danny Amendola is re-signing with the @Lions on a 1-year deal, per league sources.
Amendola is coming off a 62 reception/ 678 yard 2019 season.
So, if part of the Patriots’ offseason plan to acquire weapons was to get the guy who went from arguably Belichick’s biggest free-agent bust ever to one of Tom Brady’s favorite playoff playmakers to come back, then, as the saying goes, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
There doesn’t appear to be any word yet on how much Detroit’s paying to retain Amendola’s services, although his 2019 contract for 1 year, $4.5 million that was almost all guaranteed money would seem to be a logical ballpark for his new deal.
For what it’s worth, DA’s 2019 season in Detroit was one of his best as a pro; despite only hitting paydirt once, he racked up his second-best yardage total of his career (678), his second-highest yards per reception of his career (10.9 y/r), and while his catch percentage took a bit of a dive from the 70% range, he still hauled in 63.9% of his targets, and that’s all with Matt Stafford’s back injury this season resulting in the Lions having used, we kid you not, 10 quarterbacks on the roster at one point or another in 2019.
Having said that, best of luck to Danny, and New England’s quest for weapons presses on.
As always, we’ll keep you posted if/when more details become available.