- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New England Patriots completed a controversial swap of slot receivers this week. The defending AFC East champions let go of Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker and signed Danny Amendola to a five-year, $31 million contract.
Both receivers have talent. But the elephant in the room with this Welker-for-Amendola swap is Amendola’s huge durability questions.
The former St. Louis Rams receiver missed more games (20) the past two seasons than he’s played (12). Amendola has averaged 10.5 games played per season, which is concerning considering tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were also injured last year.
In our latest "Poll Friday" in the AFC East, we ask how many games will Amendola play for the Patriots this season? He's had a history of elbow, shoulder and foot injuries during his four year career.
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on Amendola’s durability for New England next season. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.