Another year, another pay cut for Danny Amendola

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The Patriots have signed restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet, making it two years in a row that they have made a bid to sign away a player from the Bills.

It’s not the only tradition that the Patriots are keeping alive this spring.

Field Yates of ESPN.com reports that wide receiver Danny Amendola has agreed to a pay cut from his scheduled $6 million salary. Amendola took a pay cut last year as well.

Amendola saw his compensation drop significantly from over $5 million to $1.6 million in 2016. Yates reports that he’ll make more than $1.6 million this year, but calls it a “slight increase” over that figure so it looks like another big alteration for the wideout.

The offer sheet for Gillislee reportedly calls for him to make $4 million in his first year with New England, so the money saved on the Amendola deal is likely being put to use in their attempt to add Gillislee to the backfield.

41 responses to “Another year, another pay cut for Danny Amendola

  1. Top-tier players taking pay cuts to play for the Patriots is effectively giving them somewhere between $20 and $30 million in extra salary cap room. Brady alone is $14M and should be at $25M or higher. It’s becoming a competitive balance issue in the league.

  2. It is what it is. Amendola accepted a ‘prove it’ deal last year 4 missed games and 23/243/4 didn’t prove a lot. The Pats are pretty well stacked at WR, Brady’s comfort level with him in clutch moments is probably the only thing keeping him on the roster.

    And now we will hear from the trolls criticizing how the Super Bowl Champion Patriots, the winningest team in pro sports for the past 20 years, conduct their business…

  3. Class player. Something Welkie never did and I’d take Amendola over Welkie any day of the week.

    With the money going to Edelman and Amendola over Welker, it’s almost like Welker never played in NE.

    Sad, but true.

  4. Pats are stacked at receiver and with Cooks joining the Pats its take a pay cut or take your chances as a free agent after the gold rush is already over.

    Plus he has a great rapport with Brady and while his numbers haven’t been huge he’s made a lot of clutch catches. I doubt he wants to go somewhere with a bottom tier QB to maybe make a little more on the FA market.

  5. Anyone with half a brain stem knew this was coming….
    My guess is it’s around 2mill… Maybe 2.5 with incentives…. Danny plays a very limited role & is used/kept as insurance…..
    Glad we got him as he can be quite clutch at times….. He just doesn’t see the field nearly as much as the other guys & with BC now in the line up my guess is it will be even less….
    Go Pats!!!

  6. So the $6M that was supposed to go to Amendola has now gone to resigning him for less and bringing in Gillislee. So two players for $6M.

    I’m sorry but even if you hate Belichick (I’m close to it) you have to give him kudos for some of the moves he pulls off.

  7. Love it. Danny is one of those players I’d really hate to lose. With the most likely result of Gillislee signing with the Pats, the offense this season should be set and dare I say the best they’ve had in years. Brady, Cooks, Hogan, Edelman, Mitchell, Amendola, Gronk, Allen, Lewis, White, Burkhead and Gillislee should be the best offensive unit in the NFL.

    Time to focus on the defense (thankfully by all accounts the draft is deep this year here) and I would like a couple additions to the OL as well. You can never be too careful there.

  8. wrossi81 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:13 PM

    Top-tier players taking pay cuts to play for the Patriots is effectively giving them somewhere between $20 and $30 million in extra salary cap room. Brady alone is $14M and should be at $25M or higher. It’s becoming a competitive balance issue in the league.
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    Here we go… The Patriots cheat by making their players take less than their true value, thus giving them unfair salary cap space advantages (eye roll). Call the National Guard. Send in the Marines. Fire up the legal department. Its more probable than not that Bill Belichick is generally aware that Tom Brady is out performing his salary! This must be stopped for the integrity of the league. Think about the keeds.

  9. Pats really take care of their guys. Ask GOAT Brady who literally is paid in the mid range of NFL starting Qb’s. Turn em and burn em is the Patriots Way! Pathetic, notoriously cheap organization.

  10. harrisonhits2 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:23 PM
    …Plus he has a great rapport with Brady and while his numbers haven’t been huge he’s made a lot of clutch catches…
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    Certainly happy to see Amendola returning. He has made some big plays in the last two Super Bowl winning playoff stretches, plus he is a reliable Punt and Kickoff Returner when called upon for those roles. Great to have him as the #4 or 5.

  11. wrossi81 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:13 PM
    Top-tier players taking pay cuts to play for the Patriots is effectively giving them somewhere between $20 and $30 million in extra salary cap room. Brady alone is $14M and should be at $25M or higher. It’s becoming a competitive balance issue in the league.
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    LM-freaking-AO!!!! Your team is welcome to make an attractive offer for any Pats player. Long and Bennett just left AND going into SB51 some 33 Pats were not on their team that won SB49. Each year, the top teams have high turnover thanks to the cap/FA, but the Pats have had that high turnover for 16yrs.

  12. Enjoy Brady while you can. He will likely be traded after next year. It’s The Patriots Way. Do you really think Bill cares? He is not going to let JG walk.

  13. “It’s becoming a competitive balance issue in the league.”

    This Pats fan of over 40 years agrees with you. So what’s the solution?

    Other franchises need to become destination spots. That’s it. There’s no need to over think, or as so often is the case with the inept NFL, over regulate.

    Good players want to come play for the Pats. Figure out why, and build your own club’s attraction level for the same reasons.

    Doing anything else means you’re just artificially altering the competitive landscape, as the NFL has tried with limited success. The Pats still rule the NFL to a large degree, despite Madison Avenue’s attempts to sabotage them.

    Why would anything the league does to try and balance out this issue be any more successful than their comically bad prior actions?

  14. decapitateme says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:51 PM

    Pats really take care of their guys. Ask GOAT Brady who literally is paid in the mid range of NFL starting Qb’s. Turn em and burn em is the Patriots Way! Pathetic, notoriously cheap organization.

    +++++++++++++++

    Nobody is forcing them to take less. The could get more elsewhere.

    Brady for years has had a team friendly deal, so the team can be better as a whole. Novel concept. Sorry if it is lost on you.

  15. He’s trash. They don’t need him. Waste of a roster spot for somebody younger, cheaper, and better.

  16. Rams fan here so I have a lot of love for Amendola. His only issue has been staying healthy. I think he’s just as good as Edelman (health withstanding) IMO.

  17. Brady making 15 mil. Meanwhile, Redskins cant sign Cousins to fair 20 mil a year deal because he wants 25 mil and he hasn’t even won a playoff game. Thats certainly a huge competitive advantage for the Patriots that the best QB in league history is willing to accept a mod tier QB salary.

  18. In Danny’s case, he’s being paid for his utilization. In other words, he’s involved with a limited number of plays or snaps, so he’s earning a lower salary. Kinda like a “Pay to Play” scenario in the business world. Lower utilization, lower salary… But he’s still part of a winning team and he’ll still get his Ring and Super Bowl bonus. He’ll have is place in football history secured. And hopefully not suffer any long term health issues…

    By the way, I really like Amendola, he fills that “clutch niche”, a go to for Tawmy… That’s really his role now…

    Looks like Bill is building another Championship Team… Making a run for their SB LII win… Make room for the banners…

  19. As a Patriot’s fan I feel very appreciative that the Pats have Amendola and others like him; he’s very unselfish and completely dedicated.

    And he’s a winner and incredibly clutch.

  20. After 2017, Amendola will have made close to $21 million in 10 years. That’s not bad.

    I really think they are not going to pay Edelman after 2017 and that will hurt the many of us who are huge Edelman fans. 😦

  21. Getting paid millions of dollars to play football, win Super Bowls, and catch footballs from Tom Brady.

    Sign me up for that pay cut.

  22. Guys averaged 45 catches for 431 yards and 2.1 yes per year. Why would he ever get paid more than 2 million per year for that productivity. It doesn’t matter if some of his catches are clutch. He is not worth more than that.
    And those stats include playing with in my mind is probably the best qb if all time.

  23. maust1013 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:16 PM
    It is what it is. Amendola accepted a ‘prove it’ deal last year 4 missed games and 23/243/4 didn’t prove a lot. The Pats are pretty well stacked at WR, Brady’s comfort level with him in clutch moments is probably the only thing keeping him on the roster.

    And now we will hear from the trolls criticizing how the Super Bowl Champion Patriots, the winningest team in pro sports for the past 20 years, conduct their business…

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    For a team that wins so much there is no fanbase that complains and plays the ‘victim’ card like Pats fans. Guys you are on top enjoy it, show a little class.

    “How can a town with so many great colleges produce nothing but Dopes?”
    -Peter Griffin

  24. onebuffalove716 says:
    Apr 19, 2017 11:46 PM

    “It doesn’t matter if some of his catches are clutch.”

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    My brain hurts from reading something this dumb.

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