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Amendola’s deal hinges on him staying healthy

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Former Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola got a good deal from the Patriots, just not as good as initially advertised.

According to Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange, the deal which was reported as five years worth $31 million tops out around $28.5 million, and a significant part of that is tied to something Amendola’s rarely done — stay on the field.

Amendola did get a $6 million signing bonus, and has $4 million worth of base salary guarantees (this year’s $2 million and $2 million of next year’s scheduled $3 million base).

He also has base salaries of $4 million, $5 million and $6 million in 2015 through 2017.

The deal also includes per-game roster bonuses of $31,250 in each of the five years of the deal. If he plays all 16, he’d make an extra $500,000 per year, for a total of $2.5 million.

The only problem is, Amendola’s played 16 games exactly once in four NFL seasons, and has missed 20 games the last two years, making the full balance of the deal as originally stated hard to imagine.

UPDATE 10:26 a.m. ET:  Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Balzer’s breakdown left out $500,000 per year in incentives, which means the contract does indeed top out at $31 million.

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28 Responses to “Amendola’s deal hinges on him staying healthy”
  1. rhamrhoddy says: Mar 16, 2013 8:20 AM

    Interesante…

  2. gridironrat says: Mar 16, 2013 8:25 AM

    Bother injuries have been football contact injuries. He’s a pretty good bet to be healthy this system, but the Patriots are wise to protect themselves.

    It’s not like Danny has ever gotten hurt just running down the field.

  3. ytownjoe says: Mar 16, 2013 8:41 AM

    The Pats will miss Welker.

  4. contract says: Mar 16, 2013 8:42 AM

    What is the point of a per game bonus unless you think he’s sitting out games that he’s healthy enough to play?

  5. trollhammer20 says: Mar 16, 2013 8:57 AM

    Amendola will be very happy he doesn’t have to see Dashon Goldson and Kam Chancellor twice every year.

  6. michaeljacksonisback says: Mar 16, 2013 8:59 AM

    NE you better find a new slot receiver in the draft! This guy is talented but constantly seriously injured. He almost died last year. Scary

  7. logicailvoicesays says: Mar 16, 2013 9:09 AM

    Does he play for the Redskins? No. So who cares? Patriots won’t win a Super Bowl because the next 15 belong to the Redskins.

  8. ampats says: Mar 16, 2013 9:09 AM

    The good news about Amendola’s injury history is that they are not related to leg/knee injuries. A dislocated elbow and shoulder injuries are much better long term for recovery than an ACL/Achillies.

    I think we are going to get a 16 game season from DA.

    Sign Sanders to the sheet , go get Dumervil/Freeney/Abraham, bring back Talib/Vollmer and get ready for the draft.

    Let not forget there seems to be some smoke around Mallett getting traded, and where there is smoke /there is ???

  9. mancave001 says: Mar 16, 2013 9:16 AM

    “logicailvoicesays” is a parody account. Notice the spelling.

  10. j0esixpack says: Mar 16, 2013 9:27 AM

    This isn’t news… It was clear from the start that this was a 2 year contract worth about the same that they offered Welker.

    The reality is that with three starting TEs (thank you Giants for offering Ballard to the rest of the NFL by putting him on waivers!) teams are going to be challenged to figure out how to cover Hernandez, Gronkoswki and Ballard, not to mention their other new and pending offensive additions.

    If they can stretch the field a bit – and perhaps someone like Sanders can – defenses arebn’t going to know what hit them.

  11. coachdaddioman says: Mar 16, 2013 9:46 AM

    the pats have proved in recent years that it’s all about the defense and closing games. all the offense in the world isn’t going to win you the lombardi trophy. it’s the d, not the o, that has let them down in crunch time.

  12. nje22 says: Mar 16, 2013 9:48 AM

    I was sick of welkers crap but amendola could explode into a million pieces so im not sold on the switch so to speak

  13. dmartin17 says: Mar 16, 2013 9:49 AM

    I love that people use the excuse that they were broken bones or freak injuries.

    You know what makes you injury prone? Being injured and not playing games. Doesn’t matter the how or the what. This guy is looking injury prone. So is Gronk and so is Hernandez

  14. malvaren18 says: Mar 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    I guess the Patriots got the right guy for the job!

  15. 07bosox says: Mar 16, 2013 9:51 AM

    This is nothing earth shattering. You didn’t really think for one moment that this wouldn’t be considered by both the Patriots & Amendola’s agents in this contract offer, did you?

  16. petehemlock says: Mar 16, 2013 9:57 AM

    Do they have any outside receivers or just TEs and slot guys? Are the Brady noodle arm rumors true?

  17. yahmule says: Mar 16, 2013 10:03 AM

    He’s a fragile porcelain mouse.

  18. bencoates57 says: Mar 16, 2013 10:34 AM

    “Does he play for the Redskins? No. So who cares? Patriots won’t win a Super Bowl because the next 15 belong to the Redskins.”

    Go smoke another bone.

  19. bigjimatch says: Mar 16, 2013 10:51 AM

    Problem is, even if DA stays healthy and has career years, all he is going to do is match Welker’s, not exceed it, so it doesn’t make the team better. Not to mention the fact that offense has not been this teams problem the last 5 years.

  20. bostontim says: Mar 16, 2013 10:56 AM

    “It’s not like Danny has ever gotten hurt just running down the field.”

    Welker wasn’t just running down the field. Pollard had given him the “death stare”.

    Cheers, BostonTim

  21. CKL says: Mar 16, 2013 11:05 AM

    coachdaddioman says:
    Mar 16, 2013 9:46 AM
    the pats have proved in recent years that it’s all about the defense and closing games. all the offense in the world isn’t going to win you the lombardi trophy. it’s the d, not the o, that has let them down in crunch time.
    __________________________________
    The defense is not great right now, no doubt. But its the offense that has woefully underperformed to their regular season standards since 07 in the playoffs, not the defense. The O needs to get tougher and more versatile so it isn’t as easy for playoff caliber defenses to stop them.

  22. munchkin420 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:07 AM

    The timing of injuries is a key factor. Beginning, middle, eoy; it makes all the difference. A dislocated elbow and broken clavical can happen to anyone. Welker could easily have lost a season if he had been injured in the first game rather than the last. ADP had injuries in college that haven’t manifested themselves in the pros until his knee injury. I am not too worried about DA.

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    time for alligator arms Danny. you gotta protect your livelihood first.

  24. billsfan1 says: Mar 16, 2013 11:20 AM

    Amendola is inuryprone. talented when on the field but far too often is not on the field. The only way to make adeal for this guy would be to include incentives for playing time, although i thought more would be tied up..

    The good news for opponents is that he is not better than welker, so when planning for him, its not a huge upgrade productivity wise. Now if they had added him and welker, then uh-oh…

  25. boogerhut says: Mar 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    gridironrat says: Mar 16, 2013 8:25 AM

    Bother injuries have been football contact injuries. He’s a pretty good bet to be healthy this system, but the Patriots are wise to protect themselves.

    It’s not like Danny has ever gotten hurt just running down the field.
    ————————————————————–
    Huh? Last I checked a injury is a injury and repeated injuries denote a pattern. Some people just aren’t as strong, flexible, or smart. If a player were to shoot himself in the leg at a nightclub that would be a isolated accident. If it were to happen again logic would imply that because of the persons stupidity he is injury prone. Wouldn’t matter why but it would matter. Some people are prone to concussions when others aren’t. Some are prone to dislocation or breaks. Doesn’t matter if you get concussed while sneezing because you got concussed. DERP!

  26. mfinsrule says: Mar 16, 2013 12:37 PM

    LMAO. And no one talks about them overpaying for Amendola like they give Miami crap about overpaying for Hartline. Before last year I had never even heard of Amendola whereas Hartline was at least starting.

  27. surfinbird1 says: Mar 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    Great! now the guy won’t play balls out,in fear of gettin’ injured and not being paid.

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    That could be a problem based on his past couple seasons. May be a good idea to stop returning punts in order to avoid injury although he is a solid punt returner.

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