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SEP 11, 6:12p ET | Knox Bardeen
Rotowire: Mar 12 / 10:40a ET
News: Amendola has agreed to a restructured deal with the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Per the report, Amendola's new deal with the Pats is for three years and worth $12.75 million. Amendola, who caught 27 passes for 200 yards and a TD in 16 games this past season, is thus in line to reprise his role as the team's No. 3 wideout behind Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell. Though Amendola's regular season was largely uneventful, he recorded 11 catches for 137 yards and three TDs in three postseason contests. While his fantasy upside remains modest as the coming season approaches, Amendola would presumably be a candidate for added targets in the event of an injury to either Edelman or LaFell.
Rotowire: Feb 1 / 9:26p ET
News: Amendola caught 5-of-7 targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-24 Super Bowl win over the Seahawks.
Impact: After posting a modest 27-200-1 receiving line on 44 targets in 16 regular-season games, Amendola surprisingly played a huge role in New England's run to the Super Bowl. It helped that the team went pass-heavy in games against the Seahawks and Ravens, as Amendola typically only sees the field in three and four-wide sets. A few weeks ago, he looked like a strong candidate to be released this offseason, but that now seems somewhat less likely, though not out of the question. The Patriots can save $2.1 million against the 2015 cap by cutting Amendola before June 1, or they can save $4.5 million by designating him as a post-June 1 cut, according to overthecap.com. If Amendola returns, he'll presumably do so as the No. 3 wide receiver, behind Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell.