Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday and Wednesday that the Dolphins intend on signing a pair of wide receivers – former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson and former New England Patriots wideout Danny Amendola.
Wilson will reportedly sign a 3-year, $24 million deal with Miami. The dollar amount hasn’t of Amendola’s pending deal hasn’t been disclosed, but league sources confirmed that he will be inking a 2-year deal with the Fins.
Signing Amendola makes more than a bit of sense for Miami – mainly because it means the Dolphins are taking away a receiver from their AFC East rival New England.
Amendola spent the past five seasons with the “evil empire up north” and in nine games against the Dolphins in that time, he caught 31 passes for 340 yards – not earth-shattering numbers, but he was a cog in Tom Brady’s passing machine.
The short length of the deal is prudent in case there is a decline in Amendola’s play – be it from age and attrition or from the fact that he’s no longer catching passes from Brady – but one would think that Amendola still has gas in the tank given his eight-reception, 152-yard performance in the Super Bowl a month ago.
The 10-year veteran is a proven commodity as a slot receiver with 426 career catches for 4,109 yards and should provide a sure-handed target for Ryan Tannehill – or whoever is standing in the pocket for Miami this coming season – on underneath routes as well as across the middle.
Wilson should also help fill the void left by Landry, who caught a league-best 112 passes in 2017.
The 25-year-old, Port St. Lucie, Florida native is entering his fifth season in the league, spending his first four with Kansas City. Wilson joined the Chiefs in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia State University but wound up starting 26 games in four seasons.
Wilson became expendable, however, when the Chiefs received a free agency signing pledge from Sammy Watkins.
The 5-foot-9 Wilson caught 42 passes for 554 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games with Kansas City this past season and is considered a versatile offensive weapon – being able to return punts and kicks – with big-play potential.
Wilson had two touchdown catches in four career playoff games, and he ran for a 55-yard touchdown on a fake punt in a one-point win over the Super Bowl-bound Atlanta Falcons in December 2016.
Signing Amendola and Wilson bolsters a somewhat insipid group of receivers. Those two will pair with Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, Miami’s No. 2 and No. 3 statistical receivers respectively this past season who combined for just seven touchdowns, and whoever the team may add during and after April’s NFL Draft.