The New England Patriots have signed restricted free agent Malcolm Butler to a first-round tender, though he could still be on the move, per Field Yates of ESPN.
Amendola was set to make $6 million in salary in 2017, and it was relatively clear he was not going to be playing for the Patriots under his contract the way it was structured. Butler was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season.
The trust Amendola has built up with Tom Brady, his dependability as a slot receiver, and his skills in the return game have made him a critical piece on the Patriots roster in recent years so it comes as little surprise that the team wanted him back. Cooks, who was traded to New England last month, is entering the final year of his rookie contract, but that deal includes a team option 2018. So whatever we think is best for our team for 2017, for that season, then that's what we'll do. I don't anticipate that many transactions here between now and next Thursday or Friday.
Players and fans have been calling for these rules to either be tweaked or eliminated, but the league does not appear to be on board with making any changes. "Yes", he said. "But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No". Things can change in a heartbeat.
"Our focus and goal is to put together the best team possible", Caserio said. Where we are today is probably going to be a lot different than where we are in September or whenever we play, like whoever that is.
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