Danny Amendola is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year begins, but he's made it very clear that he hopes to return to the same locker room he's called home for the past five years.
Participating in a question-and-answer session with students at Bryant University on Tuesday night, Amendola said he doesn't want to play anywhere else other than New England.
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"I definitely want to be here," he said. "To tell you the truth, I don't want to leave. But it's a business. I've learned that the hard way."
Amendola, who turns 33 next season, has been one of Tom Brady's most dependable receivers in critical situations ever since the Patriots made their run to a fourth Super Bowl title in 2014. In his postseason career with the Patriots, Amendola has compiled 709 yards and six touchdowns on 57 catches in 13 games.
Teammates dubbed Amendola, Danny "Playoff" Amendola during a stretch of playoff games in January when he posted 112 yards against the Titans in the Divisional Round and 84 yards and two scores against the Jaguars in the AFC title game. Against the Eagles in the Super Bowl, Amendola caught eight passes for 152 yards.
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If the Patriots can bring back Amendola, who has had his contract restructured each of the last three seasons to remain with the team, he'll join a depth chart that currently includes Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt.
The Patriots have done well to manage Amendola's workload in recent seasons, which seems to have helped him be ready to be at his best in January and February. Amendola hit 40 snaps just twice in the regular season before Week 14. At that point, they upped his workload, and he hit the 40-play mark in six of his last seven games. He played a season-high 62 snaps in Super Bowl LII.