The New England Patriots will lose two key players when free agency starts on Wednesday.

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly agreed to a deal with wide receiver Danny Amendola and the agent for cornerback Malcolm Butler said he has agreed to a five-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.

Derek Simpson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Butler will sign the deal, including $30 million guaranteed, once free agency begins.

The Tennessee Titans declined to comment because free agency does not begin until Wednesday afternoon.

Butler spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots and has eight career interceptions.

Butler, an undrafted free agent in 2014, burst onto the scene with his interception to secure the win in Super Bowl XLIX.

He led the Patriots in defense snaps in 2017 before he was unexpectedly benched for the Patriots’ 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

The Titans signed Butler’s teammate cornerback Logan Ryan last season and needed help in the secondary to go along with cornerback Adoree Jackson. Tennessee is coached by former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel.

Amendola, 32, is a nine-year NFL veteran with 426 career receptions and 19 touchdowns, and since 2013 he has played in 13 postseason games with quarterback Tom Brady and New England. Last year, Amendola caught 61 passes for 659 yards.

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