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Amendola wants to be back with the Patriots in 2018

Amendola wants to be back with the Patriots in 2018

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. 

"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.

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.

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Tom Brady hints at playing until 45 in Instagram comment

Tom Brady hints at playing until 45 in Instagram comment

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's potential retirement has been the main storyline of the team's offseason workouts. After telling Oprah Winfrey in an interview that he is thinkning about retirement more than he used to, the five-time Super Bowl champion wrote a cryptic response to an ESPN Instagram post

The photo contained the full retirement quote from the Oprah interview, while Brady's account sent a response saying, "Cuarenta y cinco," which means 45 in Spanish. Brady turns 41 on August 3rd, which would give him at least four more years under center for New England if he wants to play to 45 years old.

There is also the chance that the response alludes to a potential contract extension where Brady could want $45 million in potential negotiations. Brady reportedly wanted a new contract back in April, as he is signed through 2019 making a $14 million base salary that ranks fifth among NFL quarterbacks. 

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Rob Gronkowski reportedly shopped to teams the Patriots trust

Rob Gronkowski reportedly shopped to teams the Patriots trust

According to MMQB's Albert Breer on Monday, the New England Patriots reportedly talked to four "trusted" teams about a potential trade for the two-time Super Bowl champion pass catcher. 

The reported teams were the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers. The Lions are led by former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their head coach. New England's former director of pro scouting, Bob Quinn, is Detroit's general manager.  Mike Vrabel, the head coach of the Titans, won three Super Bowls in New England as a linebacker and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien is the head coach in Houston. San Francisco was New England's trade partner in the Jimmy Garoppolo trade last season. 

Gronkowski did not commit to returning to the Patriots until a few days before the draft, and also missed most of the team's voluntary offseason workouts. The Patriots and the tight end are reportedly working on a contract extension

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