With the news coming out Tuesday that wide receiver Danny Amendola is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, a pair of his New England Patriots teammates took to social media to bid him farewell.
Quarterback Tom Brady, the five-time Super Bowl champion who threw passes to Amendola over the past five seasons, posted on Instagram a picture of Amendola screaming in celebration with teammates in the background.
“Teammate. Friend. Brother. Leader. Champion. #80 #DannyPlayoff,” read the accompanying caption. Danny Playoff was a fitting nickname. Amendola caught 26 passes for 348 yards during three playoff games last season and had two critical fourth-quarter touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Fellow wide receiver Julian Edelman wrote: “Hell of a ride these past few years Dolamite … save a seat for me down in South Beach. #whenyourcoolitsalwayssunny”
Tight end Rob Gronkowski thanked Amendola with an Instagram post on Wednesday, commending the wide receiver for his efforts with the Patriots.
“Stay lit, Be FREE, Be HAPPY,” Gronkowski wrote in part.
Now, Amendola will make his way to Miami, where the 32-year-old will be expected to help replicate the production lost by Jarvis Landry, whom the Dolphins will trade to the Cleveland Browns once the new league year begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Dolphins will also sign former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson.