What they got was an oft-injured player who started just six games (played in 12) and caught 54 passes.
The Patriots handed Amendola a five-year, $28.5 million contract, with a $6 million signing bonus, expecting to get a gritty veteran receiver. Instead, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels described the receiver as somewhat of a greenhorn.
"Danny's not dissimilar to the rookies," McDaniels told the Boston Globe. "He wasn't here before, and he had an opportunity to get a foundation and a system last year. And now it's his second year, and it will be exciting to see Danny's growth. Any time you're in your second year in a system, you're more comfortable. We're excited to see what he does."
Perhaps Amendola can overcome his first-year failures, but in reality, his production was on par with his previous four years in St. Louis: miss multiple games with injuries, catch 50 to 75 passes, gain 600-or-so yards and grab a couple of touchdowns.
The Patriots' offseason moves don't impart a belief that Amendola will suddenly become the player they paid him to be just because it's his second year in the system. The Pats re-signed Julian Edelman -- who became the player Amendola was paid to be -- brought in veteran Brandon LaFell and drafted Jeremy Gallon.