Wide receiver Danny Amendola preferred to take a pay cut with the New England Patriots rather than hit the free agent market and test his value.
The veteran agreed to a new contract with the Patriots that maxes out at $1.6 million for the 2016 season, a significant drop from the $4.4 million he was making in his previous contract. The revised deal includes $1.25 million in guaranteed base salary, a $100,000 signing bonus and $250,000 for roster bonuses up to 10 games.
The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that Amendola’s new deal is for two years and $8.1 million, but the only guaranteed money is in 2016. His $6.5 million salary remains the same for 2017, when the Patriots likely will have to decide again whether to release him or rework his contract.
Last season, Amendola contributed 65 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns for the Patriots.
Amendola’s previous contract called for him to make up to $6 million this year, including a $5 million base salary. The new contract lowers the salary-cap hit for the Patriots from $6.8 million to $2.9 million, which is below teammates Chris Hogan ($5.5 million) and Julian Edelman (4.421 million).
Since Amendola signed a five-year, $28.4 million contract in 2013, he has suffered through several injuries that curtailed his playing time.
PATRIOTS NOTES: The New England Patriots have signed eight of their nine draft selections. The Patriots did not have a first-round pick, but they signed second-round pick cornerback Cyrus Jones, third-round pick offensive lineman Joe Thuney, third-round pick defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, fourth-round pick wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, sixth-round picks linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, linebacker Elandon Roberts and guard Ted Karras and seventh-round pick wide receiver Devin Lucien.