Danny Amendola is leaving the Patriots, but staying in the AFC East.
Terms of the deal with the Dolphins were not immediately available. Moreover, it's pretty clear that Miami has taken a significant step back talent-wise in recent weeks from the club that finished last season 6-10, trading Jarvis Landry to Cleveland and cutting Ndamukong Suh. Obviously, the Patriots' best offer wasn't in the ballpark. The 32-year-old caught 61 passes on 86 targets for 659 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season, often serving as quarterback Tom Brady's go-to guy on third and fourth down. They obviously value the competitiveness, toughness, and character that he adds to their locker room. Amendola played through a torn groin in 2013, knee and ankle injuries that required surgery in 2015 and managed that balky knee for the duration of the past two seasons.
Once Julian Edelman suffered an ACL season, the Patriots relied upon Amendola to help pick up the slack.
Amendola is also an experienced return specialist, which could mean he'll push receiver/returner Jakeem Grant for his role.