The Lions announced that Amendola has signed with the team
Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:21 pm
There were reports that wide receiver Danny Amendola was interested in reuniting with the Patriots after being released by the Dolphins , but it appears a different reunion is in store.Dianna Russini of ESPN reports that Amendola is in Detroit and taking a physical with the Lions’ medical staff. If all goes well, Amendola is expected to sign a contract to join the Lions for the 2019 season. Albert Breer of SI.com reports that the deal has a base salary of $4.5 million and could be worth as much as $5.75 million.Amendola’s never played for the Lions before, but there are some familiar faces in Detroit. Head coach Matt Patricia was the defensive coordinator in New England when Amendola was with the Patriots and General Manager Bob Quinn was in the New England front office when Amendola joined the team.Safety Tavon Wilson is a former teammate from the Patriots, although two others — running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois — may be leaving as free agents.Amendola would join Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay at receiver for Detroit and gets a jump on a slot receiver free agent group that includes Cole Beasley, Jamison Crowder and Adam Humphries.: The Lions announced that Amendola has signed with the team. A unique story of an Air Force graduate."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsDetroit Lions NewsFormer Air Force linebacker Ryan Watson to attend Detroit Lions rookie minicampNew,26commentsA unique story of an Air Force graduate.EDTShareTweetShareShareFormer Air Force linebacker Ryan Watson to attend Detroit Lions rookie minicampChris Nicoll-USA TODAY SportsThe NFL Draft hasn’t even started yet , and the Detroit Lions already have their first player who will attend their rookie minicamp.Former Air Force linebacker Ryan Watson reportedly worked out for the Lions on Wednesday and accepted an invite to Detroit’s rookie minicamp, scheduled for early May.How can Watson do that already? Well, Watson actually entered to be eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft. Although he wasn’t taken during the seven rounds, he agreed to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent. However, the Department of Defense changed their rules and Watson was not allowed to enter the NFL until he finished his two years of active duty with the Air Force. Now, those two years are up and Watson is free to go anywhere. Watson last measured in at 6-foot-3 , 230 pounds, though he says he’s “as strong if not stronger than two years ago.” In his senior year at Air Force, he tallied 10 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks, the second most in the Mountain West Conference. According to USA Today, Watson had also visited with the Falcons this week, but it appears he has chosen to try out with the Lions instead. It’ll be a long road for Watson to crack the Lions’ final lineup , especially being out of football for a couple of years, but he’s a unique story and a player worth following to see if he can earn a contract with Detroit.