There was a time when wide receiver Danny Amendola was seen as a longshot to even play in the NFL, let alone be a two-time Super Bowl champion.
That was long before the undrafted free agent made his NFL debut with the St. Louis Rams in 2009, and it was years before he joined Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Amendola signed a five-year contract for $28.5 million on March 13, 2013, and has been a favorite target of Tom Brady ever since.
For the 2017 season, however, Amendola agreed to take a pay cut that would free up $5-million for the Patriots. According to the 31-year-old, it was an easy decision to make.
In that interview post-Saturday's practice, Amendola made clear love was a stronger force than money. He loves playing in New England, loves playing for Bill Belichick, loves playing with Tom Brady, and he loves the game of football.
He just wants to play the best football he can. That's the kind of guy you want on your team.
Despite only posting only 23 receptions and 243 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2016, it's a case of quality over quantity for Amendola. He made his biggest plays at the most important times, including, that's right, during the Patriots Super Bowl winning comeback.
His new 1-year contract is worth $1,700,000. While it would be a surprise to see Amendola not make the roster at this point, there is a healthy competition at the position in New England.
Considering his bargain price and clutch performances, expect to see more from Amendola as a Patriot this season.
Source: Mike Petragila - Twitter · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS