According to NFL Media, Amendola will sign with the Dolphins when the new league year begins Wednesday. However, he did his best work during the playoffs, where he caught 33 balls for 348 yards with two touchdowns in three games.
As for the Patriots, they should still be fine at wide receiver for next season even with Amendola's absence.
Some of Amendola's best moments came in the postseason.
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The 32-year-old averaged 46 receptions and 477 yards over the last five seasons with New England, who he joined from the St Louis Rams in 2013, and was part of two Super Bowl-winning teams.
The Patriots still have receivers Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Cody Hollister, and Riley McCarron under contract for 2018. Amendola never saw more targets over a full season in New England than the 87 he got in 2015.
The Patriots are losing one of their biggest playoff performers. 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. Ndamukong Suh will be headed elsewhere, as will Lawrence Timmons.