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Danny Amendola must've really wanted to remain in New England, because the pay cut he took to stick with the Patriots wasn't any ordinary pay cut. It didn't involve a simple change in the formula to convert his salary into incentives. It didn't require him to accept just a little less cash to hang around as one of Tom Brady's most trusted weapons. As Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reported Tuesday morning, the pay cut Amendola accepted was massive. To be specific, Amendola lost out on $4.4 million, all for the opportunity to be a Patriot. According to Volin, the most money Amendola can make in 2016 is $1.6 million. He also said goodbye to any incentive opportunities -- one year after earning more than $500,000 thanks to his reception total.
 
Under his old deal, Amendola's base salary in 2016 would've been worth $5 million alone (along with the opportunity to earn more money due to incentives). He could've brought in up to $6 million. So, this actually means Amendola took a more significant pay cut than he did last offseason, when he lost out on $2.3 million. What did the Patriots gain? Per Volin, the Patriots decreased Amendola's cap hit from $6.8 million to just under $3 million. That's for a receiver who caught 65 passes and totaled 648 yards last season. He might not be the Patriots' top option, but he's a reliable target behind Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. When the Patriots lost those guys to injuries at various points last season, Amendola shined. As Bill Belichick likes to say, Amendola certainly did his job. And the Patriots rewarded Amendola by letting him stick around for another season -- and by taking away $4.4 million. Of course, nobody forced Amendola to accept the pay cut, and he could've tested free agency to potentially land a more significant pay day. Instead, Amendola seemingly values the chance to play with Brady and win another Super Bowl more than a bigger contract. By the way, the final year of Amendola's contract (2017) isn't guaranteed. So, expect a similar scenario to play out a year from now. Wink of the CBS eye to The Boston Globe for the information on Amendola's new deal
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Typical fairy tale telling up north.

Amendola had no choice. He takes a pay cut or he gets released, at which point not a single team pays him that. 

But yeah, he took a huge cut to play backup slot receiver for the Cheats because he loves them so. Grow up

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3 minutes ago, JetPotato said:

Typical fairy tale telling up north.

Amendola had no choice. He takes a pay cut or he gets released, at which point not a single team pays him that. 

But yeah, he took a huge cut to play backup slot receiver for the Cheats because he loves them so. Grow up

Amendola is worth a lot more than what the Pats are "paying" him. He'd start at the slot for a ton of teams.

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1 hour ago, Matt39 said:

Amendola is worth a lot more than what the Pats are "paying" him. He'd start at the slot for a ton of teams.

You're mistaken. Rosters are budgeted at this point. No ones overpaying an injury prone slot receiver who isnt the player he was 3 4 years ago.

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1 hour ago, Matt39 said:

Amendola is worth a lot more than what the Pats are "paying" him. He'd start at the slot for a ton of teams.

Great thread title. Maybe Kraft Productions bought him a $6.7M house.

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1 hour ago, Matt39 said:

Amendola is worth a lot more than what the Pats are "paying" him. He'd start at the slot for a ton of teams.

He' a 45 or so catch at 9 per receiver catching balls from a GOAT type QB? 

At 34 years old he's not worth that much to anyone. 3

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I can see taking a few less money if your a baseball or a basketball player. You want to finally win a a title.... it makes sense. But for a football player to consistently take less money when he's getting his frontal lobes permanently rearranged, is just short sighted. Ask the billionaire owner who sit in the luxury box if he/she'd make the same sacrifice. (Or how about a guaranteed contract.) Good thing the players get an equal share of all that TV and merchandising revenue. (Whistles)

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2 hours ago, rillo said:

Where does this money go? They are constantly saving money but never use it. 

They always have a ton of dead money (insert Aaron Hernandez joke here -- they took a salary cap bath when they released him) against their cap because of their well-publicized practice of releasing guys "a year too early".    At the moment, it is Easley and Mayo who are taking up a good bit of space even though they will not play a single down for the Patriots this season.  

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9 hours ago, AFCEastFan said:

They always have a ton of dead money (insert Aaron Hernandez joke here -- they took a salary cap bath when they released him) against their cap because of their well-publicized practice of releasing guys "a year too early".    At the moment, it is Easley and Mayo who are taking up a good bit of space even though they will not play a single down for the Patriots this season.  

Mayo retired so it is what it is.  Easley hurts, but more for the waste of a pick.

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13 hours ago, PFSIKH said:

Mayo retired so it is what it is.  Easley hurts, but more for the waste of a pick.

I think "was retired" is probably more accurate.  

There were rumors circulating after Easley was released that either his knees were shot or he was a cancerous locker room presence.  Given that nobody has picked him up yet, I'm assuming that the correct answer was both.  

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On May 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM, jetscrazey said:

It was a "take a pay cut or get cut" situation

So, the cut he took wasn't against guaranteed money?  If that's the case this is a pointless thread.  If he took a pacut even though he had guaranteed money then theres a problem.

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6 hours ago, FidelioJet said:

So, the cut he took wasn't against guaranteed money?  If that's the case this is a pointless thread.  If he took a pacut even though he had guaranteed money then theres a problem.

more than 75% of it wasn't guaranteed i believe

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8 hours ago, AFCEastFan said:

I think "was retired" is probably more accurate.  

There were rumors circulating after Easley was released that either his knees were shot or he was a cancerous locker room presence.  Given that nobody has picked him up yet, I'm assuming that the correct answer was both.  

I do not disagree with that.

His best days were behind him and his cap number was too much.

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7 hours ago, FidelioJet said:

So, the cut he took wasn't against guaranteed money?  If that's the case this is a pointless thread.  If he took a pacut even though he had guaranteed money then theres a problem.

Most of these pat threads are but....

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