Former Patriots crunch-time hero Danny Amendola headed to Dolphins

Danny Amendola expected to sign with Dolphins

The free-agent receiver has agreed to sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to Dan Hellie of the NFL Network.

It's a stunning development, as most analysts assumed Amendola would return for another season in New England if he elected to keep playing.

After shining with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Danny Amendola will try to do the same with another AFC East side in the Miami Dolphins. He heads to Miami coming off the best postseason of his career in 2017. In 2017, with Edelman injured, he caught 61 passes for 659 yards and two touchdowns, third on the team behind Gronk and Brandin Cooks.

The wide receiver has spent the last five seasons with the Patriots.

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Amendola's market was cooking earlier this offseason, to the point where it had an early appearance that he'd be priced out of New England.

A year ago he caught 61 passes for 659 yards for New England.

There has been no official confirmation from Amendola or the Patriots. They obviously value the competitiveness, toughness, and character that he adds to their locker room. When the financial figures are released, it might be easier to understand why they declined to match the offer for a player who couldn't fill a fulltime role for the length of the year.