All hopes of slot receiver Danny Amendola rejoining his former team the New England Patriots where he won two Super Bowls, ended early Monday when it was revealed that he would sign with the Detroit Lions.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapaport, it’s a 1-year deal worth $5.75M with $4.5M guaranteed. The signing reunites Amendola with Lions coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn who were both in New England during the receiver’s tenure.
Amendola fills the void Detroit has felt since they traded Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles last season. And with a disappointing season of 59 receptions for 575 yards and one touchdown that saw the Miami Dolphins go 7-9, Amendola looks to help the 6-10 Lions become a contender in the NFC North.
During his time with the Patriots, Amendola was one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets and most reliable receivers in the postseason. He scored key touchdowns and two-point conversions in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons.
At age 33 and with already having two Super Bowl rings, the attempt to chase money is understandable given this stage of his NFL career and with the amount of cap space Detroit has, perhaps Amendola can serve as a key piece for a playoff run.