Danny Amendola took $4.4 million pay cut to stay with Patriots
Last week, New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola restructured his contract to remain on the team. It’s starting to come to light just how much money Amendola left on the table.
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Before restructuring his contract, Amendola was set to earn $6 million in 2016; now, he’s taking just $1.6 million. That’s a difference of $4.4 million, not a small figure by any means. For details on where that number came from, check out this piece by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
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If this isn’t taking one for the team, I don’t know what is. Amendola could have cashed-in with just about any wide receiver-needy team after posting a stellar 65-catch 2015 season, a campaign in which Amendola proved to the NFL that he can be the focal point of an offense.
Here are some parts of Amendola’s appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub regarding Amendola’s pay cut:
"I spent so much time with these guys and put in so much work, and I love playing for coach [Bill Belichick] and the staff and the best city in the country, so I’m excited to be back.I felt like coach Belichick and I had kind of a few good conversations about what we thought about the future and went from there. Obviously I decided to stay here.I feel like we’re always pretty deep going into every season. Every team, they try to stack their [roster] up and see what roles each guy can kind of fill out. That’s no different this year. We have a lot of talent in our room. And a lot of guys that are ready to make plays.Most importantly, I love this city. I love playing for the Pats. And I love the atmosphere that coach Belichick creates everyday. That’s ultimately why I want to play here.”"
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What a guy.