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

A person familiar with the negotiations says receiver Danny Amendola is discussing a contract offer from the Miami Dolphins and is likely to sign with them when the NFL's new year begins Wednesday. Good for Amendola to maximize his payday with the opportunity put in front of him. He heads to Miami coming off the best postseason of his career in 2017. However, he did his best work during the playoffs, where he caught 33 balls for 348 yards with two touchdowns in three games. They also still have Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan on the outside, as well as Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt.

Losing Amendola has a minimal effect on the Patriots offense - in the regular season.

Amendola's market was cooking earlier this offseason, to the point where it had an early appearance that he'd be priced out of New England.

As a playoff performer, Amendola consistently came up huge.

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.

He was also as tough as anyone in the locker room.