From the “who didn’t expect this?” file, your Houston Texans inked a 1-year, $2.5 million dollar deal with another former member of the New England Patriots.
Adding veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola, 35, gives the Texans a veteran presence and proven production: 593 career catches for 5,964 yards and 21 touchdowns. https://t.co/RSot3lxOHn— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 8, 2021
The #Texans are signing WR Danny Amendola to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, his agent @ErikBurkhardt tells me and @MikeGarafolo. Houston native comes home.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 8, 2021
Since entering the league in 2009, Amendola has caught 593 passes in 865 targets for 5,964 yards for a yards per catch average of 10.1. He's also generated 324 first downs and 21 touchdowns.
Amendola has also been a solid special teamer, fielding 198 punt returns for 1860 yards, and 152 kickoffs for 3,575 yards.
He spent 5 seasons as a New England Patriot after spending his first 4 as a member of the St. Louis Rams. Upon leaving the Patriots in 2018, Amendola made a one year stop with the Miami Dolphins, before spending the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions under another former member of the Patriot staff, head coach Matt Patricia, who was fired at the end of last season.
Amendola is from the Woodlands originally, and will most likely relish playing for his home town crowd.
Danny Amendola (35-309) surpasses Jon Weeks (35-202) as the oldest Texan.— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) September 8, 2021
In many ways, this move makes sense, but, like Nick Caserio’s lack of interest in signing undrafted free agents this year, his “all AARP” roster strategy is certainly drawing undue attention. At 35 years old, Amendola will be the oldest player on the Texans roster this season.
Pretty strange that a rebuilding team has added a bunch of 30-something players like Danny Amendola https://t.co/zyRyewYECt— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 8, 2021
And, of course, the continued “Patriots South” narrative will certainly attract even more mockery.
You spelled Julian Edelman wrong.— Patrick (@UprootedTexan99) September 8, 2021
Have been saying all off-season the Texans are just one more veteran receiver away from contention https://t.co/EUW0Ybm0tx— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) September 8, 2021
And, Ian, you misspelled “linebacker”... Maybe Tedy Bruschi is ready for a come back?
Either way, Amendola should provide Tyrod Taylor with a safety outlet in the slot, until Anthony Miller returns from injury that is. Amendola is also a solid locker room leader, and if Caserio is truly seeking to build the same culture he embraced in Boston, Amendola’s presence certainly can’t hurt.
Joining a seemingly crowded wide receiver room, Amendola will stand alongside Brandin Cooks (another former Patriot), Chris Conley, rookie Nico Collins, Miller and Andre Roberts.