Born and raised in the state of Texas, veteran wideout Danny Amendola is returning home to write the final chapter of his NFL career. Amendola agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans, with the news being confirmed to NFL Network by his agent Erik Burkhardt.
Reportedly, Amendola is joining the Texans on a one-year contract that will see him earn $2.5 million in 2021. He will be reunited with the team’s general manager Nick Caserio, who served as the New England Patriots director of player personnel during Amendola’s stint with the team.
Amendola is expected to give the Texans a proven veteran option behind starters Brandin Cooks and Anthony Miller and a dependable target in the slot for new starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The 36-year-old player spent the last two years with the Detroit Lions, putting up solid numbers and managing 108 catches for 1,280 yards and one touchdown in 2019 and 2020 combined.
Danny Amendola grew up in the wider Houston area and played college football at Texas Tech. After being undrafted in 2008, Amendola spent his rookie year on the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squads before signing with the Rams.
With the Rams, Amendola emerged as a return specialist while also showing promise on the slot receiver position. This prompted the Patriots to sign him to a five-year, $28.5 million contract in 2013. He ended up staying with the Pats for all five of those years, helping the franchise to win two Super Bowls.
Amendola later spent one season with the Miami Dolphins before joining the Lions in 2019. His career stats include 593 receptions for 5,964 yards and 21 TDs. He also has 5,435 yards from punt and kickoff returns.