Danny Amendola: Patriots’ offer didn’t even come close to Dolphins’ offer

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During his tenure in New England, Danny Amendola repeatedly agreed to take less money to stay with the Patriots. But that tenure ended this year when Amendola simply couldn’t do it from a financial perspective anymore.

Amendola told Mike Reis of ESPN that he left for the Dolphins this offseason because Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t even make an offer that came close to the offer the Dolphins made.

“I came in with an open mind. I understand Bill runs a tight ship, and he hasn’t been known to pay his players, really. I understood that I gave money back to him so I could play for him and play for my teammates and fulfill my side of the contract, and at the end of the day, I had faith that he was going to give me an opportunity to stay,” Amendola said. “When free agency broke, I came to the realization that he wasn’t going to really come close to any of the other offers I had. I had to make a decision for my family and go down to Miami and continue my career there.”

Amendola spent five seasons in New England, and his totals of 61 catches and 659 yards last season were the best of any of those seasons. He then added 26 catches for 348 yards in three postseason games. He played very well for the Patriots, just not well enough to convince them he is worth what the Dolphins were offering.

74 responses to “Danny Amendola: Patriots’ offer didn’t even come close to Dolphins’ offer

  1. it’s not that Belichick doesn’t pay his players, the Patriots, like every serious team spend most of the cap money they have to spend, he just spread the money around.
    This being said I understand Amendola for going for more money on what will likely be his last contract and wish him well.

  2. Take the best offer, I get that, but I always find it amusing when a football player claims that any of these offers are not enough to live comfortably on.

  3. Regardless of our opinion of Belichick or the ‘Patriot Way’, let’s be honest; how many of us really believe that Amendola is a difference maker? He was a mediocre receiver before joining the the NE Pats in 2013 and has been that since. Amendola has benefited from being a part of the Pats system. So in Belichick’s and Kraft’s opinion, he a is a product of the system.

  4. When Edelman is healthy, having Amendola is a luxury that was too expensive for the Patriots. The Dolphins are paying for Amendola’s production with Tom Brady, but he won’t put up those numbers in Miami. They are paying for a player with great hands who is very smart who is consistent. He’s not a game breaker and is also a bargain compared to what it would have cost them to sign Landry.

  5. Exactly right… see Suh. Never close to earning the money… totally exhaled and relaxed.

    Danny will perform better for the money.

    The point many former Patriot players miss… is that Belichick’s methods creates success. It isn’t that they’re not talented, but most don’t realize the same level upon leaving.

  6. As a Dolfan I know this signing will backfire. I just know it in my heart. Danny was often injured with the Patriots. For a team in need of a slot WR Danny is not reliable enough. However, his contract isnt totally out of bounds considering what they would have given Jarvis Landry.

  7. The new england patriots don’t need good wide receivers…

    … because…

    … tom brady will receive the benefits of bogus, well placed pass interference penalties and the offensive line is allowed to hold or go after knees without consequences.

  8. We loved him in NE and wish him the best. BB is not going to pay a major contract to a WR of Danny’s age and injury/concussion history. It’s Wes Welker all over again.

    The money needs to be deployed the best way possible and an aging, injury depleted WR isn’t it. This is one of the reasons the Patriots remain on top.

  9. That’s because the Patriots are smart and the Dolphins are dumb. The records over the last 20 years aren’t coincidental and it starts at the top. Amendola will probably miss half the season with injuries/concussions and will be out of the league in 2 years. Postseason stats can be very misleading, but when you add up his numbers over the past couple seasons he’s been a slightly above average receiver on a very good offense with other proven weapons and the greatest QB of all time. Imagine what he’s going to look like with the Dolphins offense. This is the exact type of signing that foolish teams make and this guy in no way comes close to replacing Jarvis Landry (who isn’t a truly great receiver either).

  10. Torn here…
    Not given to questioning BB.

    But that clutch play from Dola’ could be missed.

  11. See, this is where the players get it wrong. Amendola wasn’t giving money back to BILL!!! He was sharing it with his OTHER TEAMMATES!!! Bill uses that money to pay quality depth players and VETERANS that have been discarded and undervalued by other teams in favor of cheaper rookies AND these so called “market players” cough, cough, QB’s!!! Miami has won exactly NOTHING! And Bill has won-well we all know what Bills way has won. People have given Bill the SMART coach award, while his smartest move is probably the way he WISELY pay his players. He pays them their TRUE value to what they contribute to a single cause (not stats) of WINNING THE SUPERBOWL!

    While the other teams play the “market” game, Bill plays to win the SB!!! And it seems to work. He is always division winner, and the favorite to win the SB! And the fruit is in the results! Losing teams unwisely overpay their QB’s and top performers ‘market” money. Which has resulted in being a playmaker or two or three or four short to WIN THE SB!

  12. Bill Belichick is probably laughing his head off about the magnitude of the Dolphins offer to Amendola because it eats up their cap space and it also sends a message to every New England player not to challenge the value set by BB or else you could be forced to play out your career at a terrible team just for the money. One of Belichick’s greatest skills is correctly setting the values for every NFL player and he doesn’t deviate. If they can hustle some extra bucks good luck, but Bill is practically never wrong.

  13. Loyalty between employers and employees is often a one-way street. I applaud him for chasing the dollar. You only have a short amount of time to make it.

  14. For BB, it’s all about tight money management so that he can build a team that succeeds year after year. Obviously, his system works. But it does mean that he’s going to lose good players to free agency. There will almost always be another team out there with more cap space or a different attitude toward cap management.

    BB made the right decision for the team, hard as it was. And Danny made the right decision for himself, especially considering he doesn’t have that many playing years left. This is your classic football-as-a-business scenario.

    It was great to have Amendola play for the Patriots, especially in playoff and Super Bowl games. A lot of other guys got attention for their Super Bowl 51 performances, but if you rewatch the game, Danny had a bunch of clutch plays that were indispensable to the Patriots’ huge comeback.

    Like most Patriots fans, I’m grateful for all he did in NE and wish him well.

  15. say what you want about Belichick but his goal is to get the best value out of all the players on his roster. To pay DA as much as the Dolphins did, he’d be expected to play WAY more snaps. And I think the Pats knew that to get the best value from DA was to limit his snaps in the regular season to increase the probability that he doesnt get hurt. (which unfortunately may happen in Miami with an increased workload). As a Pats fan I wish him well. I thought he was overpaid after his first season in NE (which he was injured) but since then has been nothing but clutch and well worth every penny he earned.

  16. Translation: “I don’t really want to play for the Dolphins, but they paid me enough that I couldn’t refuse”

  17. The Patriots pay to the salary cap (or close to it) every year. The stars don’t get as much, but the players in the middle and bottom of the roster get more. So to say that the Pats are cheap is misleading — they just allocate their money differently than most other teams.

  18. When you factor in salary and penalty considerations, I’d rather have Amendola than Landry.

  19. No team in the league can pay Brady what he is worth, because he would eat up twice the entire cap value all by himself.

  20. What helped Amendola was the speed and coverage/attention that Brandin Cooks got. Wes Welker was faced with a similar situation as Amendola; 30 something and not able to get a contract that would represent his production. So it goes in New England where King William controls it all. Well until Robert Kraft decides to get involved.

  21. I wonder how things will work in NE once Bill leaves. Right now, they get players to come and stay for less money because they want that chance at a championship. Don’t see that happening once BB is gone.

  22. Danny has his rings and the Fins are paying him more this coming season than he made the last 3 in New England. Can’t blame him one bit for taking the money at this point. He likely only has 2-4 years left to his career.

    He’ll be missed in NE but that’s the way it works.

  23. Nobody really expected the Patriots to throw big $$$ at Dola in FA, but when Edelman went down and wasn’t going to reach his incentives BB should have paid Dola last year with those incentives. It would have been the right thing to do.

  24. babygaga19 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 7:52 am
    The Pats are cheap. They won’t even pay the GOAT fair market value but he doesn’t have the sack to demand what he is worth.
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    Brady is getting his money. No doubt about it. They just moved money to different areas to lessen the cap hit.

  25. It’s a business. The Dolphins are far from Super Bowl material, but when Amendola walks away from football, he wants to have enough money in the bank to live his life the way he wants to.

  26. Pretty disingenuous of Amendola. The Patriots paid him pretty well at first, and he underachieved (largely because of health, but still). Eventually, the team needed help with the cap, and he stayed because he knew Tom Brady would make him look as good as possible. Now comes the offseason of the WR overpay, and Amendola (deservedly) got a nice deal. But it’s just as fair that NE didn’t want to overpay for a guy who you can’t trust to stay on the field. There shouldn’t even be a hint of negativity from player to team, or vice versa.

  27. The recipe for winning multiple super bowls includes a first ballot HOF QB, but doesn’t require a great WR. With a salary cap, why waste money on WR’s when you don’t have to? How many super bowls have Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson won between them? Could you imagine the records the Patriots would shatter if Tom had Larry Fitz to throw to? But the super bowls are piling up regardless. As long as defenses are only allowed to use 11 men, Brady will find an open receiver.

  28. I don’t know, but Danny came to the Patriots and won some rings, and now has signed for more money in the twilight of his career. I’d say that the Patriots got his best production, and some crucial plays in big situations. Then offered him another deal and were outbid. I’d say it was a win/win for both.

  29. dimi1919 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 10:53 am
    Yeah like taking more money and living in Miami instead of Boston is a bad thing.

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    umm, miami blows

    this is not even close. boston is a top 3-5 american city

    he is already acting all sour about leaving

  30. vahawker says:
    April 14, 2018 at 9:18 am
    Seems we are starting to see some cracks in”The Patriot Way”.

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    yes, the pats poised to play in their 8th straight conf title game in 2018 means there are “cracks”

    hightower, edelman, mitchell, cannon return, 2 key draft picks in garcia and rivers from 2017 and bb has 2 1st rd and 2 2nd rd picks in the top 64.

    you may want to stop embarrassing yourself someday

  31. redsoxu571 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 10:33 am
    Pretty disingenuous of Amendola. The Patriots paid him pretty well at first, and he underachieved (largely because of health, but still). Eventually, the team needed help with the cap, and he stayed because he knew Tom Brady would make him look as good as possible. Now comes the offseason of the WR overpay, and Amendola (deservedly) got a nice deal. But it’s just as fair that NE didn’t want to overpay for a guy who you can’t trust to stay on the field. There shouldn’t even be a hint of negativity from player to team, or vice versa.

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    perfectly stated

    miami will over use him and be will get hurt

    his knee was managed all year last year

  32. As a pats fan I’m going to miss Danny Amendola. His first season in NE was just alright. When he started joining Brady and Jules on those off season private practices is when he got on the same page as Brady. Its the attention to details that bring lombardi trophy’s to NE. The dolphins may not get to a superbowl but at least now they have a player who has won some and actually held one.

  33. Wes Welker was pretty consistanbt as a Pat. After he left the BB system his last 3 years were up and down. May BB could have squeezed one more year out of him. But good bye a little too early rather than too late. Don’t know what they got for WW from the broncos?

  34. Love Danny !
    Great teammate ,player .
    Good for him to get the big $$$$ deserve every cent !
    But let’s face it , if Julian was healthy…..
    Just if .

  35. “I came in with an open mind. I understand Bill runs a tight ship, and he hasn’t been known to pay his players, really.”

    I just went back and re-read the article where the Patriots made Devin McCourty the second highest paid safety in 2015.

    I then went and re-read the article from last year where the Patriots added on an incentive onto Gronk’s contract to make him the highest paid TE.

    So Belichick does pay players, really. Can’t give every single player top dollar though. Good luck to Amendola down in Miami.

  36. Ahhhhh the feel good milk has gone sour. The players have tipped the ship, jumped the shark, tilted the scales. You can only be fooled so long into….’it’s a privilege to play here at a discount’. They can never recoup the lost millions, but Bill keeps collecting his guaranteed salary none the less.

  37. dimi1919 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Yeah like taking more money and living in Miami instead of Boston is a bad thing.
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    One out of 2 isn’t bad. Business is business, no one should ever begrudge a player for following the money. Miami on the other hand is a 3rd world rat hole.

  38. Thanks DA for all your clutch the last 5 years. Gonna miss you but best of luck in South Beach. Glad you got your rings and now some good money.

  39. vahawker says:
    April 14, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Seems we are starting to see some cracks in”The Patriot Way”.
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    What do you mean? Getting rid of players sooner rather than later and not overpaying them is a big component of “The Patriot Way”.

  40. jackedupboonie says:
    April 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Ahhhhh the feel good milk has gone sour. The players have tipped the ship, jumped the shark, tilted the scales. You can only be fooled so long into….’it’s a privilege to play here at a discount’. They can never recoup the lost millions, but Bill keeps collecting his guaranteed salary none the less.
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    It’s the best of both worlds. Play a few years for less money, and win a ring or two, then go to some loser that will overpay, or vice versa.

  41. Be wisely took the money and New England already has to many receivers. Great team management. Looking forward to what happens at the draft.

  42. helicopterpilot13 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Fact:
    Belichick has lost nearly as many Super Bowls as he’s won.
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    Fact:
    You can’t lose them if you aren’t in them.

  43. mmack66 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    jackedupboonie says:
    April 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Ahhhhh the feel good milk has gone sour. The players have tipped the ship, jumped the shark, tilted the scales. You can only be fooled so long into….’it’s a privilege to play here at a discount’. They can never recoup the lost millions, but Bill keeps collecting his guaranteed salary none the less.
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    It’s the best of both worlds. Play a few years for less money, and win a ring or two, then go to some loser that will overpay, or vice versa.
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    Well, that’s somewhat true. They aren’t winning anymore, and more than a few guys tried this during the years they didn’t win it all and then got hurt and weren’t able to just sign elsewhere for money. You can never get back the 2-4 million you passed up and reality hits hard when these players realize they are just a pawn and u dervalued by 30-40% in the Pats eyes.

  44. tylawspick6 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 11:11 am
    dimi1919 says:
    April 14, 2018 at 10:53 am
    Yeah like taking more money and living in Miami instead of Boston is a bad thing.

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    umm, miami blows

    this is not even close. boston is a top 3-5 american city

    he is already acting all sour about leaving

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    Not when you’re a rich young guy

  45. jackedupboonie says:
    April 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Well, that’s somewhat true. They aren’t winning anymore, and more than a few guys tried this during the years they didn’t win it all and then got hurt and weren’t able to just sign elsewhere for money. You can never get back the 2-4 million you passed up and reality hits hard when these players realize they are just a pawn and u dervalued by 30-40% in the Pats eyes.
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    The Patriots likely pay closer to what players are actually worth, but I guess if you are going to go somewhere else and get your body and brain beat up for zero glory, you might as well get paid for it.

  46. I love to run down Bill,but anyone who thinks they should of paid that ridiculous amount of money the phins did for Danny is crazy. Bill did right Danny doesn’t stay healthy,he doesn’t produce all that much. Personally his best year with pats was less then 700 yards? Really and people want to run bill down. That’s crazy and like I said I am not bill fan at all.

  47. The Pats offer wasn’t close because the Patriots are smart and will continue to win. The Dolphins are Dumb and will continue to lose. Does anybody really think that Amendola is better than Landry? Only the delusional. They let all of the Superstars go and sign a 2nd string, injury prone slot receiver for way more than he’s worth. I live in Florida and have plenty of Dolphins fan for friends. They’re angry and they should be. Dumb contracts with a salary cap = Disaster. Miami Continue to prove it. Maybe they can get another RB like the one they gave away to Philly last year but I doubt it.

  48. patriots play their players the same amount of money as every other team; it’s all how you distribute it. they have a better paid middle class and the highest paid practice squad in the league. glad danny hit a big payday, he’s a great player, but belichick does what’s best for the team.

  49. polegojim says:
    April 14, 2018 at 7:48 am
    The point many former Patriot players miss… is that Belichick’s methods creates success.
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    uglydingo says:
    April 14, 2018 at 8:33 am
    Bill Belichick is probably laughing his head off about the magnitude of the Dolphins offer to Amendola because it eats up their cap space and it also sends a message to every New England player not to challenge the value set by BB or else you could be forced to play out your career at a terrible team just for the money. One of Belichick’s greatest skills is correctly setting the values for every NFL player and he doesn’t deviate.
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    remizak says:
    April 14, 2018 at 8:50 am
    For BB, it’s all about tight money management so that he can build a team that succeeds year after year. Obviously, his system works.
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    Once Brady is gone we will see how great Belichek's system really is.

  50. BB did pony up back in ’13 to Amendola…5 years, $28.5 mil. BUT…did re-structure it 3 different times (15, 16 and 17). So it’s not like he never got paid. NFL – lots of tough contract decisions to be made, year in and year out…especially with successful teams. You just hope you make the right ones.

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