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New England Patriots legend Danny Amendola signs with Houston Texans

A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola has been waiting to latch on with a team.

Now that the 2021 NFL season is getting going here in the next couple days, the 35-year-old veteran has finally found a home.

According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, Amendola has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Houston Texans.

A member of the Patriots from 2013-17, Danny Amendola recorded a combined 230 receptions for 2,380 yards and 12 touchdowns during that span. He was an original undrafted free-agent signing of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2009 and recorded 1,726 yards in four seasons with that organization.

Since leaving the Patriots, Amendola has spent time with the Miami Dolphins (2018) and Detroit Lions (2019). He’s remained pretty productive, registering 1,855 yards during this three-year span.

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Detroit Lions receiver Danny Amendola runs against New Orleans Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone during the first half at Ford Field, Sunday, October 4, 2020 (Credit: Junfu Han via Imagn Content Services, LLC)

At this point, what promises to be a bad Texans team simply needs bodies at wide receiver. Outside of Brandin Cooks, there’s not a whole heck of a lot to look at here. Chris Conley is slated to start opposite him. Meanwhile, recent acquisition Anthony Miller is sidelined to an injury.

Slated to start Tyrod Taylor under center after an offseason of drama surrounding Deshaun Watson, the Texans were extremely active under new general manager Nick Caserio. That included bringing in more than a dozen outside free agents on one-year deals.

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The latest example is Amendola reuniting with Caserio. The wide receiver starred in New England when his new general manager was a member of the Patriots’ front office.

From a broader perspective, this is a homecoming of sorts for Amendola. He starred in college at Texas Tech and is a native of The Lone Star State.