A Tom Brady favorite receiver just became an enemy
The star of the Patriots’ most recent playoffs win is joining a division rival.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola reportedly reached a two-year deal with the Dolphins on Tuesday afternoon, pitting him against his former team in the AFC East after one of his most productive seasons in New England. Amendola followed fellow receiver Albert Wilson, the former Chiefs receiver who agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Dolphins earlier in the day.
In Graham, Green Bay gets a five-time Pro Bowler and 6-foot-7 end-zone target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The 31-year-old had 520 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns with the Seahawks last season, after spending his first five seasons as one of Drew Brees’ favorite targets in New Orleans.
Nelson, a favorite of Rodgers for many seasons, regressed significantly in 2017 while dealing with minor injuries, perhaps still recovering from a 2015 torn ACL. He racked up just 482 yards and six touchdowns after three-straight seasons of more than 1,000 yards receiving.
By releasing Nelson, who turns 33 in May, the Packers relinquish the $9.25 million he was due in 2018, which would have carried a $12.5 million cap hit.
His experience as a three-year starter at Ohio State was exemplary, as was his on-field attitude, described by one scout as plays an old-school-backyard-brawler brand of football.” There was enough to like about Norwell to make him an NFL prospect, but only marginally so. His athletic ability was questioned, as was his strength (only 22 reps in the bench press). He was deemed to be worthy of a sixth- or seventh-round pick and he did not even attain that projection.
The 2014 NFL Draft came and went and Norwell never heard his name. He signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent, getting a standard three-year, $1.54 million contract contingent on him making the team, far from a sure thing. His signing bonus was $12,000.
Well, four years later, having made a mockery of the entire player-evaluation process teams invest so much time and effort in, Norwell is on the precipice of hitting it big — really, really big. He is the best offensive lineman set to hit the open market in free agency and Monday, teams can open up negotiations with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Giants will put in a call and are considered the favorite to begin their offensive line rebuild by adding Norwell to anchor the line at left guard.