Danny Amendola. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are expected to return for the 2018 season and, despite his unexpected post-Super Bowl comments, most believe TE Rob Gronkowski will as well.
But several players may not return after a disappointing Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles.
Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, Malcolm Butler, Matthew Slater, Nate Solder, Cam Fleming, and LaAdrian Waddle are among 15 Pats free agents.
Amendola's taken a pay cut to return each of the last 3 seasons and it's hard to imagine the playoff standout wouldn't prioritize re-signing again.
Lewis and Burkhead were big parts of the depth chart, while Slater was a captain and Pro Bowl choice. Pats would love to have all three back.
It seems safe to assume Butler will move on after his Big Game benching.
And coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels will need to be replaced as well with both ticketed for head coaching jobs elsewhere.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports