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Miami Dolphins poach one of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets

Miami Dolphins poach one of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets

Amendola had expressed his desire to stay with the Patriots earlier this offseason.

However, they haven't wasted much time finding his replacement as they've signed veteran wideout Danny Amendola from their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots. He was arguably the Patriots' best offensive player outside of Brady during their three-game playoff run, catching 26 passes on 33 targets for 248 yards and two touchdowns.

Amendola is also an experienced return specialist, which could mean he'll push receiver/returner Jakeem Grant for his role.

It's a stunning development, as most analysts assumed Amendola would return for another season in New England if he elected to keep playing.

Amendola joined the Patriots in 2013 and appeared in two super bowls.

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Amendola will be joining a slightly revamped Dolphins receiving corps which also includes the recently-signed Albert Wilson as well as holdovers Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker.

And so, the Dolphins suddenly have a logjam at receiver.

Wilson, who played quarterback at Port St. Lucie High School and wide receiver at Georgia State, had career bests in receptions (42), yards (554) and touchdowns (three) last season for the Chiefs.

The Dolphins traded slot receiver Jarvis Landry to the Browns this past week.