New England Patriots: Danny Amendola hopes to stay with the team
By Nick Ziegler
One of the many free agents for the New England Patriots is Danny Amendola. Even though he isn’t under contract, Amendola certainly wants to stay.
As we head toward the beginning on NFL free agency, the New England Patriots have multiple players that played a big part in their Super Bowl run that aren’t under contract. One of the most notable is wide receiver, Danny Amendola.
Last season, Amendola was able to have one of his best seasons with the Patriots. Mainly due to him staying healthy, Amendola totaled 61 receptions, 659 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.
In the preseason, the loss of Julian Edelman to a tore ACL looked like it would cripple the Patriots. However, Amendola was able to play well in the slot for the Patriots throughout the season and helped fill the void.
Amendola’s contract has been something that has been talked about for a few years now. After not quite living up to the hype when he signed it, Amendola has reworked it to stay with the Patriots. Now, as a free agent, Amendola will be hoping to stay in New England.
Recently, Amendola talked with Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, here’s what he had to say.
"“I’m a free agent this year, so let’s say—the unknown. We’ll see what happens. I definitely want to be here. To tell you the truth, I don’t want to leave. But it’s a business. I’ve learned that.”"
After a strong season, it would be very surprising if Amendola wasn’t back with the Patriots next season. As always, he steps up when the Patriots need him the most, and he has had some huge games in the playoffs for the franchise.
Last season, Amendola totaled 26 receptions, 348 receiving yards, and two touchdown receptions in the playoffs. Amendola certainly has the clutch gene when it comes to the playoffs, and he is trusted by Tom Brady to make the big catch when it is needed.
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At 32-years-old, Amendola is certainly on the tail end of his career as a wide receiver. However, he showed last season that he can still play a big part in the success of the Patriots. As a free agent, it would be surprising not to see Amendola back in 2018 on a reasonable contract.