"I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever "Boston Marathon Relief Fund" there is," Amendola wrote on Twitter (@DannyAmendola). "And $200 for any dropped pass."
As of Tuesday morning, there is no official "Boston Marathon Relief Fund", but one will surely be formed before the start of the 2013 season.
Amendola, 27, signed a five-year, $28.5 million contract with the Patriots on March 14 after spending the previous four seasons with the St. Louis Rams. Amendola caught 63 passes in 2012, but had a career-high 85 during the 2010 season. Amendola is viewed as the replacement for Wes Welker, who averaged 112 receptions per year during his six seasons in New England.
While Amendola grew up in The Woodlands, Texas, and played his college ball at Texas Tech, the wide receiver has family ties to New England and the Boston area. Amendola has family in Maine, as well as in Scituate and Brockton, Massachusetts, which are just 35 to 45 minutes south of the city of Boston.