Former Patriots crunch-time hero Danny Amendola headed to Dolphins


Danny Amendola's remarkable five-year run with the Patriots is over.

Losing Amendola has a minimal effect on the Patriots offense - in the regular season. After battling injuries early in his tenure in New England, Amendola developed into one of the most clutch players in franchise history.

For starters, the Dolphins reportedly agreed to terms with fellow slot WR Albert Wilson on a three-year, $24 million deal just hours before the Amendola report surfaced. The big move that preceded Miami's trade of Landry and expected release of Suh to the Cleveland Browns was acquiring Robert Quinn, who hasn't been dominant in two seasons.

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His two late touchdown catches helped the Patriots complete their comeback against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game, and his 152 yards on eight catches in New England's Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles led all receivers.

As for New England's receivers heading into 2018, they have Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman (who should be back after missing the 2017 season), Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Malcolm Mitchell under contract.

Amendola is also an experienced return specialist, which could mean he'll push receiver/returner Jakeem Grant for his role.