East Notes: Amendola, Cowboys, Giants, Dez, Jonathan Allen

After playing five seasons with the Patriots, receiver Danny Amendola signed with the rival Dolphins in the 2018 offseason. The move happened, in part, because New England did not come close to matching the two-year, $12MM deal he received from Miami, the receiver told Jimmy Hascup of USA Today.

After taking pay cuts in the past to stay with the Patriots, the veteran wideout was expecting to have a chance to stay with the team. That did not happen with the notoriously stingy Bill Belichick.

“When free agency broke, I came to the realization that he wasn’t going to really come close to any of the other offers I had,” Amendola said. “I had to make a decision for my family and go down to Miami and continue my career there.”

Amendola also commented on playing for Belichick, saying, “It’s not easy, that’s for sure. He’s an (expletive) sometimes,” Amendola said. “There were a lot of things I didn’t like about playing for him, but I must say, the things I didn’t like were all in regards to getting the team better, and I respected him.”

Here’s more from around the East:

  • The Cowboys will be looking for a new go-to receiver after the departure of Dez Bryant. One of those candidates is Terrance Williams, who will be ready for work in June after recovering from a broken foot earlier in the offseason, ESPN’s Todd Archer writes. Though he will be ready to go, Williams is best used as a No. 2 or 3 wideout due to his inconsistency.
  • Speaking of Bryant, the receiver reportedly left his meeting with Jerry Jones saying he would see the team twice next season. If he is going to join a division foe, the Giants seem like an unlikely spot, SportsNet New York’s Ralph Vacchiano writes. The team’s depth at receiver with Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shephard seems to indicate there is no room for Bryant.
  • The Redskins are expected to have defensive tackle Jonathan Allen when the team resumes activities next week, NBC Sports’ JP Finlay writes. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in Week 5 of 2017 and did not play the rest of the season. A healthy Allen could helped Washington improve on its last-ranked run defense in 2017.
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  1. diller79

    Cowboys have an in-house candidate to take over for Dez. Noah Brown #85 was a rookie last year from Ohio State. He has a similar skill set to Dez by having a big body and the ability to win jump balls and being a big red zone target. Doesn’t have the ceiling of Dez but can be a very productive NFL receiver

    • justinkm19

      I think they mean Ridley in the 1st. There’s nobody on the roster that’s a #1

    • RockHard

      Noah brown sucks, come on man. Dallas is in trouble with these receivers..

    • mcase7187

      As long as he plays as a team unlike Dez who only played for himself and money they will be better the pats have won a lot of games by playing team football ( no need for the cheating comments) if teams/players play that way they may win more and stop crying with everything the pats do

      • twentyforty

        FYI…every player in the NFL plays for himself and money. It’s a business….the concept if team player is laughable. Just like you’re a team player at work and give a hometown discount.

    • diller79

      Noah Brown will have 6-8 TDs this year. Check the tape of him at Ohio State. Plus him and Zeke are close from college

      • Z-A

        That would be a useful note, but Zeke is the running back and not quarterback

  2. GabeOfThrones

    Even without Dez,WR doesn’t rank in the top 5 of positions the Cowboys need to address. Cornerback, safety, tight-end, linebacker, defensive tackle, and a competent backup QB, should all be much higher on the list of priorities.

  3. Mack83

    I get the weather is nicer in Miami, but I’m not sure that’d be enough for me to leave NE, from a football standpoint.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Already having a ring probably made the decision easier and let’s face it….there are few opportunities to moonlight as a pet detective in NE.

      • cka2nd

        Not to mention a few extra millions of dollars. And after a while, working for an “expletive” boss can wear you down, no matter how much success you enjoy. Hell, it’s like when Joe Gibbs and Dick Vermeil first walked away from the game: Super Bowl rings or appearances or not, they had just worn themselves down to a nub and needed to make a change for their own health.

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