Former #New England Patriots wideout #Danny Amendola made headlines recently when he signed a two-year deal worth $12 million [VIDEO]with the #Miami Dolphins. Also recently, Amendola was in the news, as he reportedly broke up with his girlfriend of two years, model Olivia Culpo. Amendola’s separation from Culpo was first made public by Barstool Sports, which reported that the wideout unfollowed Culpo on Instagram and deleted their pictures together.

According to Us Weekly, the separation had to do with distance, as Amendola is now relocating to Miami, while Culpo still resides in the Boston area. A source told Us Weekly that the two were barely seeing each other.

In addition, Amendola wasn’t elated with Culpo’s appearance in Sports Illustrated’s recent Swimsuit Issue. A report by E! News indicated that Amendola couldn’t keep up with Culpo’s demanding lifestyle and wasn’t pleased with certain choices she was making.

Belichick heaps praises on Amendola

Amendola played five years for the Patriots after a four-year stint with the then-St. Louis Rams. Amendola’s stint with the Patriots left a mark on head coach Bill Belichick, who spoke highly of his veteran wideout during the NFL coaches’ breakfast in Orlando on Tuesday. Belichick said Amendola did a great job during his five-year stint with the Patriots, calling him a great competitor and tremendous person. “I wish him well in the opportunity he has, other than the times we play him,” said Belichick.

Last season, the 32-year-old Amendola received 61 passes for 659 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season. He stepped up his performance in the postseason, recording 26 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns to help lift the Patriots to Super Bowl LII.

Belichick speaks about latest addition

Belichick spoke about the team’s latest additions from the free agent market. The Patriots lost several key pieces, including cornerback Malcolm Butler, running back Dion Lewis, Amendola and tackle Nate Solder. Butler and Lewis joined the Tennessee Titans, where they signed five and four-year deals worth $61 million and $24 million, respectively. Nate Solder inked a four-year contract with the New York Giants worth $62 million.

The Patriots quickly found replacements for their former players as they traded with the Cleveland Browns for cornerback Jason McCourty and defensive tackle Danny Shelton. The Patriots also acquired wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson [VIDEO] and a sixth-round pick from the Oakland Raiders for a fifth-round selection. Also, the Patriots inked defensive end Adrian Clayborn, running back Jeremy Hill and offensive tackle Matt Tobin from the free agent market. “All the guys that we got, obviously, we’re happy to have. Glad that it worked out with all of them,” Belichick said.