Amendola would have to be cut by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET to avoid guarantee


Some confusion has arisen regarding the status of Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, who will see $2 million of his $3 million base salary become guaranteed this week.

Per a league source, here’s the situation.

Amendola’s contract paid him $8 million last year, via $6 million in signing bonus and a $2 million base salary.  He also added $375,000 in roster bonuses, at $31,250 per game.

The trigger for $2 million in base salary becoming guaranteed as of the first day of the 2014 league year specifically was selected to ensure that Amendola, if cut, would be available on the first day of free agency.

If not, the $2 million becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the league year.

A player can’t be released with a post-June 1 designation until the league year begins.  This means that the Pats can’t cut Amendola with a post-June 1 designation without guaranteeing the $2 million.

But the guarantee has offset language, which means that the Patriots would keep up to $2 million based on Amendola’s 2014 compensation elsewhere.

The Patriots have four options:  (1) cut Amendola before Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET, resulting in a $4.8 million cap charge in 2014; (2) cut Amendola after Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET with a post-June 1 designation, resulting in a $1.2 million cap charge in 2014 and $3.6 million in 2015, but guaranteeing up to $2 million in base salary if he doesn’t land elsewhere; (3) trade Amendola before June 1, resulting in a $4.8 million cap charge in 2014; or (4) keep Amendola, paying him up to $3.5 million and carrying a $4.543 million cap number.

It remains unlikely that the Patriots will cut or trade Amendola.  But those are the options, along with the precise consequences for each.

18 responses to “Amendola would have to be cut by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET to avoid guarantee

  1. Keeping him looks like the best option. They just need to teach him that YAC can’t be a part of his game since he’s made of glass. Just learn to catch it, get what you can, and fall down or get out. Isaac Bruce made a nice career out of doing it.

  2. Cut him. It was stupid to sign him in the first place, given his history of injuries with the Rams.

  3. Just keep him.He’s gonna cost the Pats money either way.He definitely had his moments last season just give him some more time to gain Brady’s trust.

  4. in sum, the Pats are taking a $4million hit & he won’t be on the field for them, no matter which option they choose

  5. He’s the Michael Vick of WRs. Not worth it because his health makes him an addition by subtraction.

    Plus, josh McDaniels needs to lose the power of influence.

    McDaniels’ ex-players on New England:
    Brandon Lloyd
    Tim Tebow
    Spencer Larsen
    Danny Amendola
    Michael Hoomawanui

    How did those work out?

  6. If they cut him it means the God of football will be admitting a mistake…wont happen

  7. Danny and bill need to get together and discuss this over a pedicure cause isn’t that what “men” do up north?

  8. imnotsorryisaidthat says:
    Mar 9, 2014 7:10 PM
    If they cut him it means the God of football will be admitting a mistake…wont happen


    Randy Moss
    Albert Haynesworth

  9. IF they are going to cut him, it looks like Wednesday would be the day to do it…only 1.2 million cap charge this year, and 2015 cap charge will get absorbed with the overall cap going up again by the league. Keep Edleman, he earned it..although, he is as injury prone as Amendola over his career. I want Talib to stay, but he too is an injury waiting to happen…we Patriots fans cannot complain too much. Every year we have a legit shot, more than most other teams. AFC championship the past three seasons, and then the rest of the past 14 years….we have had it good. One more SB before TB and BB are done would be great.

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