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Detroit Lions sign Danny Amendola

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The Lions have already made their first significant move of the offseason.

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The Detroit Lions are getting ahead of free agency, and their first move is one that’s equal parts predictable and logical. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Lions are signing former Dolphins and Patriots slot receiver Danny Amendola.

Amendola perfectly fits into the Lions’ glaring need at slot receiver after the team shipped Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round pick at the trade deadline last year. Last year, Amendola signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Dolphins. In 2018, he produced 575 yards and a touchdown on 59 catches.

However, a full coaching overhaul in Miami led to Amendola’s release last week, saving the Dolphins around $6 million in cap space.

Obviously, the Lions are bringing Amendola aboard with some familiarity. The slot receiver spent five seasons in New England (2013-17), tallying 230 catches for 2,383 yards and 12 touchdowns over that time.

According to Ian Rapoport, the Lions are signing Amendola to a one-year deal with $4.5 million base:

That’s probably a nice discounted price for a slot receiver, but Detroit is also getting a 33-year-old pass catcher. Given that the $4.5 million is guaranteed, expect Amendola to play a significant role this year. But this is also clearly a short-term fix for something the Lions will be looking for a long-term solution.

UPDATE: It is now official: