Amendola is signing a one-year contract with the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The deal includes a $4.5 million guaranteed bae salary, with incentives creating a max value of $5.75 million, per Rapoport. The 33-year-old slot receiver needed just three days to find a new team after he was released by the Dolphins on Friday. It's hard to argue with the fit in Detroit, where Amendola can slide right in as the No. 3 receiver while Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones work outside. Matthew Stafford will be a significant upgrade on Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, but it isn't the best situation for Amendola to see a high volume of targets, considering Golladay and Jones demand a sizable portion of the workload in an offense that seems to be moving in a run-first direction under new coordinator Darrell Bevell.
The Dolphins have released Amendola, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Though Amendola led the Dolphins in catches (59), targets (79) and receiving yards (575) over 15 games in 2018, the team elected to part ways with the veteran slot man, a move that will free up $6 million in salary cap space. The 33-year-old should have little trouble catching on with another franchise, though he's not likely to match the $6 million haul he earned in his first (and only) season with Miami.
The Dolphins aren't certain to retain Amendola ahead of the 2019 season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Amendola led the Dolphins in receptions (59), targets (79) and receiving yards (575) in the first season of a two-year, $12 million contract, but his release would clear up $6 million in cap space to help the front office kick off a rebuild under the new coaching staff. The 33-year-old slot specialist seemingly would be more valuable to a team that has a real chance to compete in 2019.
Amendola (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday. Amendola sat out practice for the third straight Wednesday, but his return to a full session Thursday confirms that his absence was maintenance-related. Amendola is thus slated to suit up Sunday against the Bills and while his fantasy upside in Week 17 isn't especially high, the veteran slot man figures to carve out a degree of PPR utility in deeper formats in Miami's season finale. Over his last two games, Amendola has combined for six catches on 11 targets for 70 yards.
Amendola (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Amendola played 31 of the Dolphins' 46 offensive snaps in a Week 16 loss to the Jaguars, catching all three of his targets for a team-high 40 yards. The knee issue that forced his lone absence of the season Week 13 against the Bills looks to be only a minor concern at this point. He sat out practice the last two Wednesdays before returning to limited sessions Thursday, so it's expected that he'll follow that path again ahead of the Dolphins' season finale this weekend in Buffalo.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|4||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|6||10/15||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|8||10/27||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|15||12/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|17||12/29||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||65||48||492||2||27||10.25||61|