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Former Dolphins WR Amendola won’t re-sign with Patriots

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Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola stop in South Florida was grief good however, you will not be rejoining his old team, but rather, will join one of his old coaches in a new destination for 2019. This after Amendola agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions and their soon-to-be second-year head coach Matt Patricia.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport had the details Monday morning on Amendola’s pending deal:

The veteran wide receiver, who played five seasons in New England will now reunite with Patricia, who was the defensive coordinator for New England, while Amendola was there.

Amendola came to the Dolphins as a veteran slot presence for former coach Adam Gase’s offense. However, he had only modest numbers of 59 catches for 575 yards and one touchdown as Miami went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

There had been some speculation in South Florida that with the Dolphins hiring former Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores as their new coach, and Flores bringing Chad O’Shea off the Patriots staff to be his offensive coordinator, that Amendola might be safe.

However, the 33 year old’s $6 million price tag was apparently too large for the future plans that Miami has at receiver and with the salary cap. In releasing Amendola, the Fins were able to use his money to lure former Patriots TE free agent Dwayne Allen on a two year deal this weekend.

Miami is also likely too soon rescind the 5th year contract option offer that they gave to fellow receiver DeVante Parker after his initial rookie deal. This means that the Fins will definitely be in the market for veteran help in free agency and potentially drafting a wide receive,  also.

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