NFL Network first reported that Amendola, 32, is headed to Miami.
Update: It appears the reason why Amendola is leaving New England is simply numbers.
The issue here for the Patriots is that Nelson will be 33-years-old in May, ancient for a wide receiver by National Football League standards.
As for New England's receivers heading into 2018, they have Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman (who should be back after missing the 2017 season), Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Malcolm Mitchell under contract. Keep an eye on McCarron, though.
Like Wilson, he is primarily a slot receiver.
Also, Hogan has the ability to do some of the things Amendola did in a pinch.
But remember, Amendola took $10 million in pay cuts over the past three offseasons, so he likely viewed an opportunity to corral one more hefty paycheck at the end of his career.
There has been no official confirmation from Amendola or the Patriots.
But they're losing a clutch performer, whether on third down or throughout the playoffs, a favorite of Tom Brady and a locker-room leader who will now see them twice per season. Amendola is now signing with the Miami Dolphins, but that won't change the friendship between the three players.