Even though he’s no longer a member of the New England Patriots, wide receiver Danny Amendola seemed to support Tom Brady staying with his old team.
Danny Amendola spent five seasons with the New England Patriots, catching passes from Tom Brady and coming up clutch a number of times in the postseason between 2013 and 2017. Then, in the spring of 2018, he was allowed to sign with the Miami Dolphins in free agency – and his relationship with his old team seemed to sour just a bit.
Amendola was publicly critical of his ex-coach Bill Belichick during several interviews and taped segments with the media. He didn’t shy away from his belief that Belichick perpetuated a culture of “no fun” around New England – a belief further popularized by comments made from Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson.
Despite his remarks, Amendola has remained largely a likable figure for most Patriots fans. After all, it’s hard to begrudge someone lovingly referred to as Danny “Playoff” Amendola for speaking their truth – especially when it’s a truth that isn’t that hard to believe in the first place.
Belichick is, after all, a curmudgeon. He’s a genius, sure, but he’s also kind of a grumpy old man.
Nevertheless, Amendola may have further endeared himself to Pats Nation after he recently went on the record again speaking about his old team. This time, Amendola appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” to cover a wide range of topics – and one of them was Tom Brady and his impending free agency.
According to NESN’s Zack Cox, Amendola had this to say about what Brady should do this March:
"“It’s going to go however he wants, I think. He’s the ultimate competitor. I think as his kids get older — Vivi, Jack, and Benny — he wants to spend more time with his family. I think that’s going to weigh heavily on his decision and where he goes, and he can set that up the way he wants. But his competitive nature, his ability is still through the roof, and whatever team gets him — if he stays in New England or if he goes somewhere else — he’s going to bring a high level of football there.”"
So where does Amendola see Brady ending up? He wouldn’t necessarily commit to an educated guess, but he did at least offer up where he wants Brady to play in 2020… and it should make Patriots fans smile.
“It’s hard for me to see him in any other jersey than a Patriots jersey,” Amendola said. “So I’m holding on just like everybody else is.”