Amendola took a huge pay cut to stay in New England

AP

After the Patriots acquired receiver Chris Hogan and tight end Martellus Bennett in March, it became clear that, unless receiver Danny Amendola agreed to take less money, he’d be gone.

He has indeed taken less. As it turns out, a lot less.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe has the details. Amendola has swapped out a $5 million base salary, $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses, and another $500,000 in incentives for a maximum package this year of $1.6 million.

He gets a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.25 million, a $100,000 signing bonus, and up to $250,000 in roster bonus. It a dramatic reduction, especially since he had 65 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns in 2015.

Amendola is still due to make $6.5 million in 2017, if he’s on the team then. Given the value they’ve placed on him for 2016, it’s safe to say that he’ll only be a Patriot in 2017 if he takes a similar pay cut.

55 responses to “Amendola took a huge pay cut to stay in New England

  1. Cool that he takes a pay cut while Brady gets paid to be suspended which he was suspended rightfully so.

  2. As a Dolphins fan I hate to say it but I can’t blame him. Enjoy the ride while you can Pats fans. The clock is ticking on the Michigan Man you have at QB.

  3. I don’t see what’s so surprising about this. Instead of being cut outright and having to fight for a roster spot on a team he isn’t as familiar or comfortable with (and probably getting even less money), his spot on the team and his paycheck, though much smaller, are now assured for 2016. He didn’t “give up” anything, because NE wasn’t going to keep him at that salary.

    And the final verdict of this article, that Amendola won’t be a Patriot in 2017 unless he takes a similar paycut, also isn’t assured. If Amendola puts up a big year (say, 1,200+ yards with 8 TDs), perhaps NE would leave his contract alone at that point.

  4. The Patriot Way: Dump on all your players while you make bank as HC and QB then laugh your way to the bank when the scandals catch up and strip all the titles and wins.

  5. I get how the Pat’s use their incredible success to force dramatic pay cuts on vet’s who want to stay around, but they better understand this business model ends the moment Brady retires.

  6. The Patriot Way : assemble a group of guys that like winning more than they care about their paycheck. Add a QB with a monster chip on his shoulder and an HC who’s always the smartest guy on the field. Finally, tune out all the noise of the jealous players and fans of lesser teams on your way to winning a championship. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

  7. The Jets Way =

    1. Botch 1st rd picks constantly and trade up for them if necessary.

    2. Don’t bother developing anyone, especially a legit franchise QB in a QB era.

    3. Hire moron GMs and coaches who overpay wildly on the market out of desperation, not understanding a salary cap has been in place since 1993.

    4. Pretend Woody Johnson isn’t the problem, as he pushes PSL sales to dopey Jets fans.

    5. Work in conjunction with Goodell to lie and make up claims behind the scenes to sell to the public to try to weaken the Pats to be able to make more money in a strong NY market, while cheating yourself with tampering, tripping players in live game action, etc.

    Does that about cover it?

    Your jealousy is delicious.

  8. i have to believe he could have gotten more then 1.25M guaranteed in the open market, but i guess you can’t put a price on winning and being on a team you want to play for

  9. Once again proving why these are the TEAM New England Patriots…….Not the New England Bradys as everyone suggests…..ITS ALL ABOUT THE TEAM……..

  10. Of course he did 🙂 He knows where it’s at. He only wants to play for the NFL’s Greatest Dynasty. He doesn’t want to play for any wussy team. He knows that playing for the NFL’s Greatest Dynasty is an honor and a privilege. He wants to hang with winners not losers.

    Can you blame him? I mean…it isn’t rocket science cupcakes.

    🙂

  11. I made Danny an offer he couldn’t refuse. I’m the Pats best negotiator. I find transparency is my best tactic. Once they see the goods they will play for peanuts.

  12. Lowering the payroll helps, since there is one less cheap rookie contract on the books.

    Why? Because the NFL flat-out stole the Patriots 1st round draft pick this year, with a made-up scandal about footballs that naturally lost the exact amount of pressure that was expected due to the on-field temperature.

    The NFL was too ignorant to understand 300-year old scientific principles and will never own up to their mistake. Meanwhile ignorant fans lap up the NFL’s lies and wallow in their own jealous ignorance.

    When in Vegas, put your money on the favorites. The best that there is. Even if the NFL is trying their very best to enforce parity, the Pats won’t be the Jets, the tanking Colts, the Fins, or other whiny loser franchises.

  13. Hogan is a much better receiver than Amendola and is pretty much on par with Edelman. Hogan will be good for 90-100 catches, 1300+yards and 10+ td’s. With Sammy Watkins(60rec, 90tar, 1037yds, 9td’s) taking in 30% of the passes, along with Robert Woods(47rec, 81tar, 552yds, 3td’s) and Charles Clay(51rec, 77tar, 528yds, 3td’s) who eat up 25% each and Buffalo being a run first team, Hogan didn’t get much of an opportunity. He still managed 36 receptions, on 47 targets for 450 yards and 2td’s in a small role. Brady will have a above average set of receivers with Edelman, Hogan, Amendola and Gronkowski… If it weren’t for the 4 game suspension i’d be willing to bet we see records broke. Edelman and Hogan are true possession receivers who will garner many passes… and Gronkowski is Gronkowski… he will also take on a high volume. The Patriots never play the nice guy role when it comes to their roster… I guess that is why we see them in the playoffs every year.

  14. @EJ

    Hogan won’t do that much. He’ll do 70 receptions and 6 TDs…somewhere in there and provide some red zone presence at the X position.

  15. Hogan will be good for 90-100 catches, 1300+yards and 10+ td’s.

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    I doubt he will have those numbers given the other weapons on this team if healthy. But I hope you are right.

  16. Before all you Patriots fans gleam about “The Patriot Way”, keep in mind there was no chance he was going to get anywhere near that on the open market. He probably wouldn’t have gotten much more than what he’s making now. In addition, there’s no guarantee he’d be as successful anywhere else because Tom Brady only plays for the Patriots. He didn’t have much of a choice and it’ll be the same for next year.

    At least Amendola was smarter than people like Sam Bradford, Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Fitzpatrick (among others) who overvalued themselves and found out nobody else was interested.

  17. “If Amendola puts up a big year (say, 1,200+ yards with 8 TDs)”

    Not gonna happen unless there are injuries. Won’t be enough footballs for everyone.

  18. …….I love how teams give these players outrageous multi-year contracts one year , and the VERY next year they say ‘take a pay cut or get cut’……..I guess it’s a game within the game the players ,the front office, and coaches love to play. If Danny is OK with it, so am I…….

  19. verybody on here is mentioning the “team”. LOL, I think one reason they are successful is Belicheat gets rid of them the minute they start ageing at all. Stupid to take a home town break for them, they will dump you in a heartbeat. I am sure he could have gotten a better offer somewhere…. Dumb, he forgot it’s a business!!!

  20. With all the other players being double teamed e.g. Gronk, Edelman, and Bennett I’m sure Amendola, Hogan, or whoever out there is going to get a lot of opportunities.

  21. @whenwilliteverend

    First of all, no Pats employee from the top on down has ever uttered the words “The Patriot Way”. That’s a media invention to describe their brilliance in the cap era, something all other teams are jealous of, but for some reason don’t want to inco-operate themselves.

    So, please don’t talk down to Pats fans who know why the Pats are so consistently very good. This is one reason of MANY, besides BB and Brady’s greatness, by the way.

    Go ask Ozzie Newsome why he didn’t budget for Flacco in 2012, forcing him to lose leverage, now destroying his cap position as they try to get out of it and rebuild.

    That’s not NE’s fault.

    Either study and learn from BB, the greatest architect in NFL history or be quiet and bash your own ownership and GM/Coaches.

    Amendola is a refreshing modern day athlete who gets is, loves where he plays and what he does, while being a millionaire.

    He can make up some money in endorsements deals, regionally.

  22. Classy move kid. All you “diva” and “me-first” WRs, take a lesson from Amendola. This is how you conduct yourself.

    I’d LOVE to see a kid like him on my Steelers roster. The last white WR the Steelers had was Weegie Thompson. My team needs diversity (severe lack of white players) at the WR, RB (NOT FB), LB, DL, CB, and S positions.

  23. I think Bill might ve gotten the upper hand in that deal but it seems like Danny s happy. Great to see we have another fearless competitor out there.

  24. The Patriots are getting two seasoned veterans in Edelman and Amemdola for less than what Welker demanded, confirming that the Patriots passing on signing Welker was the right move both short-term and long-term.

    The Patriots want route runners that are dependable (don’t miss games, catch the ball when it is thrown to them, block when it is not thrown to them, and are team players), which Welker fit to a tee, and fit into the overall payroll (which Welker didn’t fit). They don’t see even top players as irreplaceable and they don’t want high cost prima donnas.

  25. Amendola knows this system gives him the best chance to be successful. We can start a tomato can at QB and still win games. We can start nobodies at receiver and win games. This is the best system there is, haters can’t deny it.

  26. For some players winning matters. Others(including owners and coaches) just say it is a business out of greed or to preserve thier image. I always wondered if Revis would have gone back to the Jets if the Patriots lost to Seattle.

  27. tigerlilac says:
    May 10, 2016 11:35 AM

    The Patriots are getting two seasoned veterans in Edelman and Amemdola for less than what Welker demanded, confirming that the Patriots passing on signing Welker was the right move both short-term and long-term.

    The Patriots want route runners that are dependable (don’t miss games, catch the ball when it is thrown to them, block when it is not thrown to them, and are team players), which Welker fit to a tee, and fit into the overall payroll (which Welker didn’t fit). They don’t see even top players as irreplaceable and they don’t want high cost prima donnas.
    —————————————————–
    Nah, I can’t rip Welker after the fact. He made so many clutch catches and literally sacrificed his body for the team. Dudes human, not a robot. Nobody catches them all, especially one’s off target.

  28. Getting Danny locked up at a very reasonable salary was a GREAT move by the Patriots & keeps a guy that’s very familiar with the system in place to help Jimmy G. be as successful as he can be IF Brady does indeed have to miss any games durring the regular season….Danny seems to be a real TEAM player as well as happy to be in Patriot Land…. A huge WIN-WIN for all involved….
    I’m quite sure all 3 QB’s are happy right now!!!

  29. Don’t forget, Amendola has really underperformed his original 5 yr 28 mil contract. With pay cuts, through this year, it’ll be 4yrs 16mil. That’s more in line with his production, and a little less than Edelman. Fair. Amendola could have said, ‘cut me’, and he may have made a little more somewhere else. He sacrificed that for comfort level and a legit chance at another ring. Good for him.

  30. @tylawspick6

    Before this pay cut, the Patriots had about 10.1 million in cap space. The Ravens have about 11.4 million in cap space. But keep talking about how the Newsome has “destroyed” their cap.

  31. ahostiletakeover says:
    May 10, 2016 11:55 AM

    @tylawspick6

    Before this pay cut, the Patriots had about 10.1 million in cap space. The Ravens have about 11.4 million in cap space. But keep talking about how the Newsome has “destroyed” their cap.
    ——————————————————-
    Okay, how bout we talk about how lousy the team is now??

  32. But, but Tom Brady is the only guy there that likes Bill and the rest of them all hate it playing there?????? But, but, but…

  33. Danny would make any team better and he probably could have got twice the cake if he went somewhere else.
    But where else could he go where you are almost guaranteed to be playing in January?

    Hogan is also a good receiver and the two of them will have a big game now and then depending on the game plan.

    Their biggest value to BB is insurance.
    Either of these guys could have a great season if Edleman goes down.

  34. imodan

    Before this pay cut, the Patriots had about 10.1 million in cap space. The Ravens have about 11.4 million in cap space. But keep talking about how the Newsome has “destroyed” their cap.

    ==========================

    i found that hard to believe, but it is true, and that is with all 90 roster spots signed for the Ravens and 87 for the Pats.

    Scary, that the Pats have over $10 M in Dead Money.

  35. For everyone saying this ends when Brady retires, that’s just not true. Brady is doing something Alex Smith could do easily as well, something Matt Cassell did almost as good (a guy who cant find any jobs right now). 90% screen and slant passes that most great HS qb’s can make consistently- its guys like Amendola and their blocking schemes that turn these EASY, HIGH PERCENTAGE passes into 9-14 yd gaines. Ofcourse add in a solid decade and a half of cheating, being allowed to block on screen passes before the ball reaches the receiver and there ya go- recipe for success. I truly believe that just about any starting QB in this league would have an EXTREMELY great record had they started with the Pats when brady did and most, if not all would have at least 1 SB win. There is a reason he was drafted in the 6th round, he just isnt great. Consistent with the short passes (which just about every QB can manage), and he has great nerves (thats something not every QB has- but Tebow has great nerves too………..doesnt make him amazing. Tim Tebow on the Pats since 2001 equals prob 3 SB’s. Just need someone mediocre at throwing who wont blow it in big situations- thats all!)

  36. imodan says:
    May 10, 2016 12:10 PM

    ahostiletakeover says:
    May 10, 2016 11:55 AM

    @tylawspick6

    Before this pay cut, the Patriots had about 10.1 million in cap space. The Ravens have about 11.4 million in cap space. But keep talking about how the Newsome has “destroyed” their cap.
    ——————————————————-
    Okay, how bout we talk about how lousy the team is now??
    ————————————
    they’ll be better this year unless their injury luck is terrible again.
    Ozzy is a good GM, it’s just a tough league and QBs are expensive.

  37. footballfanatic says:
    May 10, 2016 12:30 PM

    For everyone saying this ends when Brady retires, that’s just not true. Brady is doing something Alex Smith could do easily as well, something Matt Cassell did almost as good

    —————————-

    You should look up the difference in schedule between the 2007 18-1 and the 2008 11-5 patriot teams.

    there is a reason 11-5 was only good for 3rd in the AFC east and that team didn’t make the playoffs.
    They lost to every team with a winning record they played against in 2008, they just played against a lot of bad teams.

    The 2007 schedule was murder, both the NFC east and ACF north were very good that year.

  38. footballfanatic says:
    May 10, 2016 12:30 PMTim Tebow on the Pats since 2001 equals prob 3 SB’s. Just need someone mediocre at throwing who wont blow it in big situations- thats all!)
    ==========
    BWA HA HA HA

    Tebow getting 3 SBs in place of Brady speaks volumes about the rest of the drivel before that.

    Here’s a couple fun facts for you …

    <1% of all passes in any given year are 40 yards or more. That's just attempts. The percentage is even lower when you factor in actual completions. Kyle Boller could throw that in his sleep (and probably laying down) but nobody (except you apparently) would suggest he's win a single playoff game let alone 3 SBs.

    Brady has been in the top 10 for "air yards" all but once in the past 7 years (at which point I stopped looking). The average air yards is a whopping 4.5 to 5 yards per attempt. For every QB. In the entire NFL. For the past 10 years.

  39. Amendola is currently dating Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe, who is a Rhode Island native. Do we have to say anything more?

  40. What other option did he have? He only has value in NE. If he got cut, no one would pick him up.

    There’s a saying about things like this: a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Take what you have, because no one else will give you what you want.

  41. He’s now getting paid what he was worth after signing a big contract as a FA and not living up the the billing. Good and fair move by him.

  42. ahostiletakeover says:
    May 10, 2016 11:55 AM

    @tylawspick6

    Before this pay cut, the Patriots had about 10.1 million in cap space. The Ravens have about 11.4 million in cap space. But keep talking about how the Newsome has “destroyed” their cap.—————————————————————–You need thicker skin. Trolls say Newsome is bad. He;s very good at his job. Very good.

  43. Lol at the NE homers saying how great it is this guy took a huge pay cut to stay with Brady and Belichick. What a team guy!
    3 of you will remember him in 20 years when he can’t remember anything and he’s flat broke.

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