DAVIE — Danny Amendola recently told ESPN there were a lot of things he didn’t like about playing for Bill Belichick in New England.
Amendola didn’t seem in a mood to expound upon those comments in his Dolphins introduction on Tuesday.
“I am just focused on the Miami Dolphins and trying to get better every day here, in OTA’s,” Amendola said. “And focused on forming a bond with my teammates here. And really focused on the future.”
Another thing Amendola mentioned recently was that after taking pay cuts three times to stay in New England, he thought the Patriots would make a competitive offer to keep him this time.
Instead, New England did not come close, Amendola said, to the 2-year, $12 million deal he got from Miami.
“I’m excited,” Amendola said. “I’m excited to get out there and play football. That’s what I like to focus on. And obviously there is a business aspect to this game. And sometimes it works out for you and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve been on both ends. And I try to keep it consistent with trying to play good football and be there for my teammates.”
We’ll see if signing with Miami works out for the player and the club.
Is there anything awkward for Amendola about moving from New England to one of its greatest rivals?
“No,” he said. “I love these colors. So I’m excited to be wearing them. And excited to be a part of this group.”
Did facing New England twice play a role in his decision to choose Miami?
“Umm – not really,” Amendola said. “I wanted to go play for a good coach and a good team in a good city. And here I am.”
While not saying much more about Belichick, Amendola did compliment Miami coach Adam Gase.
“He’s a great coach,” Amendola said. “Obviously he’s been in the league for a long time. He’s been doing some great things. Just being here for a few days I can tell that these guys really respond to him. And they play hard for him.”