The Miami Dolphins likely thought, 'we can't beat the New England Patriots, so let's sign their most clutch postseason receiver.'
For starters, the Dolphins reportedly agreed to terms with fellow slot WR Albert Wilson on a three-year, $24 million deal just hours before the Amendola report surfaced. Moreover, it's pretty clear that Miami has taken a significant step back talent-wise in recent weeks from the club that finished last season 6-10, trading Jarvis Landry to Cleveland and cutting Ndamukong Suh. So why are they lavishing money on second-tier wideouts if they didn't want to spend on a top-tier inside receiver?
Plus, Amendola saves his best football for January, when the Dolphins have seldom played in meaningful games and seem highly unlikely to do so again this season.
It's possible that Adam Gase, who was on the Denver Broncos staff that lured Wes Welker from Foxboro to Denver to work with Peyton Manning, is envisioning a similar effect from the addition of Amendola.
However, it's far more likely that a big part of the success that stemmed from the Welker move was one Peyton Manning. The Dolphins' quarterback in 2018? Penciled in is one Ryan Tannehill, who hasn't played since December of 2016 and is attempting to recover from his second serious knee injury over that span.
Are you still following? The big move that preceded Miami's trade of Landry and expected release of Suh to the Cleveland Browns was acquiring Robert Quinn, who hasn't been dominant in two seasons. The Quinn deal, to us, felt eerily similar to the ill-fated acquisition of Mario Williams two years ago. Will Mike Tannenbaum ever learn?