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Amendola could indeed be out in New England

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With receiver Chris Hogan and tight end Martellus Bennett joining the corps of pass-catchers in New England, one of the guys already on the roster could be in danger of becoming a former Patriot. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that it’s indeed possible receiver Danny Amendola could be gone.

He’d likely first be squeezed to take less, and perhaps he’d choose to do so. The other alternative is to hold firm with a base salary of $5 million and per-game roster bonuses that add up to another $437,000, forcing the team to either trade Amendola or to cut him.

Amendola has spent three seasons in New England. The 2015 campaign was his best yet, thanks to the extended absence of receiver Julian Edelman, who broke a bone in his foot during a November win over the Giants. Amendola finished with 65 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns.

It’s believed that Amendola would find interest elsewhere if the Patriots move on from the 30-year-old veteran who entered the league as an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech and caught 85 passes in 2010, his second season with the Rams.

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32 Responses to “Amendola could indeed be out in New England”
  1. greenlargo says: Mar 16, 2016 11:54 PM

    I hope they find a way to keep him. It would be really nice to have him. I am less sure he can do better elsewhere. My guess is he can go to another team on a pay cut or stay and take a pay cut. He has a good existence in NE so staying would be good.

  2. 3sakuraba9 says: Mar 16, 2016 11:56 PM

    Half of their WRs & TEs will be injured at any given time, so why not hang on? He might rework to include LTBE or NLTBE bonuses. They don’t need to cut him to extend anyone.

  3. snowdood163 says: Mar 17, 2016 12:01 AM

    Go Broncos

  4. volcom609 says: Mar 17, 2016 12:04 AM

    I’d like the Eagles to make a run at him if he becomes a Free agent . They still need help at the wideout position .

  5. boltergeist19 says: Mar 17, 2016 12:35 AM

    This team lets everyone go by using them all up. Then leave to another team and psychological or the desire but ex pay toilets never do anything else for any other org.
    No pro bowls no nice year they do very little. I tried going through rosters and other then vinateri I couldn’t think of anyone once cut by adolf belicheat to amount to anything anymore.I could be wrong but did some hard looking back.
    Letting players go one year earlier then one late will catch up with them soon maybe this year and when it does it will be the end of the reign. It happened to the 9ers in 96 after 15 years of dominance and took them about 15 more years to become relevant. And that was only for a year or two. Rings or no rings, if I am beating myself up every day for a chance, I want to be paid as much as I can cause no joke the pain is horrible when you get older. I played up through college (16 years) and it sucks waking up each day and trying to maneuver around. #takethemownersforeverything

  6. cclaser says: Mar 17, 2016 1:05 AM

    Colts!

  7. cdace13 says: Mar 17, 2016 1:26 AM

    His ability to return punts gives Edelman a break in that. I think he’ll take a pay cut.

  8. rjpats says: Mar 17, 2016 1:56 AM

    I’m sure he’d have interest out there, but I’d be shocked if he found $5mil worth of interest. Get the number down to 3-3.5 and it makes more sense

  9. keltictim says: Mar 17, 2016 5:26 AM

    He hasn’t been as awful as advertised when he first signed. Some injuries here and there, but def not made of glass like was claimed. Someone will give up a 4th rnd pick for him.

  10. carolinagreg says: Mar 17, 2016 6:04 AM

    He wasn’t Welker 2.0, but he absolutely contributed to getting Pats a ring. Respect, Danny

  11. cross300 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:08 AM

    He took a pay cut to stay last year. I hope he will agree to do the same tis year. He has great hsnds and will go up for the football in tough situations.

  12. yette1 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:38 AM

    Does anybody believe boltergeist played through college? Didn’t think so…

  13. kcflake says: Mar 17, 2016 6:43 AM

    Amendola is a Punk. He should have been ejected in the playoffs for the cheap shot / targeting shot in the chiefs game.

  14. tincansailor981 says: Mar 17, 2016 6:51 AM

    I can’t stand the Patriots but i admire the way they handle their business. Despite what the average fan thinks or feels, the NFL is a business and the Patriots are among the best, if not the best at that side of it.

  15. dirtdawg54 says: Mar 17, 2016 7:21 AM

    The guy averages 50 catches for just over 450 yards and 2 TDs a year. That ain’t worth $5 million. It isn’t worth half that. The guy has two more career TDs than he has fumbles for crying out loud.

  16. patsdrukker says: Mar 17, 2016 7:53 AM

    boltergeist19 says:
    Mar 17, 2016 12:35 AM
    This team lets everyone go by using them all up. Then leave to another team and psychological or the desire but ex pay toilets never do anything else for any other org.
    No pro bowls no nice year they do very little. I tried going through rosters and other then vinateri I couldn’t think of anyone once cut by adolf belicheat to amount to anything anymore.I could be wrong but did some hard looking back.
    Letting players go one year earlier then one late will catch up with them soon maybe this year and when it does it will be the end of the reign. It happened to the 9ers in 96 after 15 years of dominance and took them about 15 more years to become relevant. And that was only for a year or two. Rings or no rings, if I am beating myself up every day for a chance, I want to be paid as much as I can cause no joke the pain is horrible when you get older. I played up through college (16 years) and it sucks waking up each day and trying to maneuver around. #takethemownersforeverything

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    I can recall Danny Woodhead who was quite good after Patriots. James Ihedigbo was at the same level with the Ravens and Hoyer definitely played more after NE. Asante Samuel and Richard Seymour were also good enough to reach ProBowl level multiple times after they left Foxboro.

    So even if BB is genius (which I don’t argue) sometimes he let out of his hands good players too. Sure you have a cap for reason, but still give justice to those who were good after New England.

  17. truthinesshurts says: Mar 17, 2016 8:01 AM

    Give up a 4th? Not likely at his current salary…they just traded a a 4th for Bennett and a 6th. A guy who has attitude questions but a stronger track record and durability history than Amendola.

    Although his punt return ability does help out Edelman, he tweaked his knee twice on punt returns this year, so you’d almost prefer him not to return punts and limit his play to receiver, but that’s not how it would work…

    He made some big, clutch catches in his time with the Patriots, so it would seem they would certainly have interest at a lower price.

  18. bleedgreen says: Mar 17, 2016 8:31 AM

    I wonder if he could hold up for a full year in Philly? I’d trade a 7th for him at his current salary or a 6th if he’d be willing to redo his deal for 2 years/$7M guaranteed. Maybe he can catch 85 balls from Bradford again?

  19. cranespy says: Mar 17, 2016 9:53 AM

    Dan O is a good soldier….one who gets it….here’s hoping he restructures and hangs around a couple more years anyway.

  20. frpsr says: Mar 17, 2016 10:11 AM

    Danny Amendola , a great team player , and a talented guy , who appears to invite all the weird negativity that finds a pedestrian virulence , voicing comically over the top , to plain old bad speculations .
    With special venomous sauce , which is generally seen as a necessary hook , vilifying otherwise attractive film villains , directed coach Belichick .
    The unnecessary , but very cute , emphasis on the rhyming expertise exercised by children , especially when learning jump rope n’ such , is a touch that is rarely forgotten .

  21. patsfiend says: Mar 17, 2016 10:12 AM

    boltergeist19 says:
    Mar 17, 2016 12:35 AM
    This team lets everyone go by using them all up (blah blah blah)…
    ———
    Youngest team to win the Super Bowl just a year ago. Have added tons of depth while lowering cap numbers and prepping to sign defensive core long term.

    The closest you can get to finding a rightfully disgruntled former Patriot is Ty Law who essentially is whining that they could have won MORE than 4 Super Bowls. Jones will be happy and paid in AZ.

    Adolf Belicheat? I didn’t think a new low could be had, but you’ve found it. He’s a first ballot hall of famer, bud, and laying the road map for “how you do it” in the salary cap era. Pats front office getting raided by other teams trying to get a piece of this genius.

    How’s your team doing?

  22. steamingpilerex says: Mar 17, 2016 11:16 AM

    Miami could use him – good possession receiver, not an Edelman but he knows how to get open..

  23. babygaga19 says: Mar 17, 2016 11:21 AM

    Has anybody told Tammy about this????

  24. fanasaurus says: Mar 17, 2016 11:56 AM

    patsfiend, thank you for saying the truth. A thumbs up is usually sufficient, but that guys rant needed more.

  25. kissbillsrings says: Mar 17, 2016 1:26 PM

    Trade Amendola,1 3rd rounder & 2 6th rounders to the Lions for the rights to Calvin Johnson who comes out of retirement & restructures his current contract to 4 years 36 million w/27 million guaranteed….

  26. kissbillsrings says: Mar 17, 2016 1:29 PM

    OR trade Amendola, 2 6ths & a 7th to the Browns for The rights to Josh Brown

  27. bucckevin says: Mar 17, 2016 5:48 PM

    I like Amendola but he makes too much money for what he brings to the table. Edelman should be making more money than him.

  28. Cunning Linguist says: Mar 17, 2016 7:10 PM

    Here’s hoping they find a way to keep Amendola; he’s got good hands, he knows the system, Brady is comfortable with him, he provides excellent insurance against an injury to Edelman, plus he has special teams value returning punts. A very dependable player.

  29. dizil3 says: Mar 17, 2016 11:02 PM

    If amendola gets cut or traded it’s not due to the addition of martellus Bennett or hogan. Not sure if you’re aware but Bennett is a tight end and amenola is a legit #2 receiver. Chris hogan is a strong player but he is a slot guy or even a 4th receiver. Danny amenola is a 2 receiver who can be shifty in the slot and has good hands….but can’t stay healthy..point is if he is not on the roster it is only because he won’t take a pay cut. You must be a team player with the pats.

  30. the8man says: Mar 18, 2016 8:01 AM

    Not with the way Martin, Dobson and Harper played last year. Is the belief one of them will step up with more targets?

  31. jetsfan136 says: Mar 18, 2016 1:19 PM

    Revis made the Pro Bowl last year. Didn’t go because of the wrist issue

  32. nhpats says: Mar 22, 2016 9:10 AM

    dirtdawg54 says:
    Mar 17, 2016 7:21 AM
    The guy averages 50 catches for just over 450 yards and 2 TDs a year. That ain’t worth $5 million. It isn’t worth half that. The guy has two more career TDs than he has fumbles for crying out loud.

    ————-

    True, but don’t diminish his value as a return guy. He’s reliable and delivers some big returns.

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