"I spent so much time with these guys and put in so much work, and I love playing for coach [Bill Belichick] and the staff and the best city in the country," Amendola said, "so I'm excited to be back."
"It was in the works," he said. "I felt like coach Belichick and I had kind of a few good conversations about what we thought about the future and went from there. Obviously I decided to stay here."
Amendola cut his base salary down from $5 million to $1.25 million. He also received a $100,000 signing bonus and will earn $25,000 for as many as 10 games that feature him on the game-day roster.
On playing for the Patriots and his desire to stay in the area:
"I feel like we're always pretty deep going into every season," he replied. "Every team, they try to stack their [roster] up and see what roles each guy can kind of fill out. That's no different this year. We have a lot of talent in our room. And a lot of guys that are ready to make plays.
"Most importantly, I love this city. I love playing for the Pats. And I love the atmosphere that coach Belichick creates everyday. That's ultimately why I want to play here."