Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 10/19/14
There might have been other factors at play, but on Wednesday, the New England Patriots essentially decided that they'd rather have Danny Amendola on their roster than Wes Welker. The deal Amendola signed with New England pays him a higher annual salary than the one Welker inked with the Denver Broncos, and is nearly as valuable when it comes to guaranteed money.  In fact, Amendola ended up getting more money than New England offered Welker, which doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. After all, we're talking about a guy who has more catches than anyone else in football since joining the Pats in 2008. No one else has 500 catches during that span. Welker has 560. And as a result, he's also fourth in yardage in that time frame, trailing only the Johnson boys and Roddy White.  But Welker will also turn 32 this offseason, while Amendola is only 27. Both are pure slot receivers, but Welker's a proven star while Amendola has only shown glimpses of being another ...
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