Ben Volin of the Boston Herald points out that $2 million of Danny Amendola’s 2014 base salary became guaranteed on Tuesday.
- Amendola’s total salary for the 2014 season is $3 million as it includes offsets.
This is a pretty good indication that he will be back next season, despite rumors of him possibly being on the chopping block. Julian Edelman is testing the open market, so there is no guarantee he’ll be back next season.
With that in mind, it makes sense to give Amendola another shot at living up to his contract before reconsidering his situation next season.
In 2013, Amendola caught 54 receptions for 633 yards receiving and two touchdowns over the course of 12 games.
This is when when $2 million of Amendola’s $3 million base salary becomes guaranteed if he’s still on their roster.
- Ian Rapoport mentions that Amendola’s salary makes it hard to trade him.
Volin mentions that Amendola’s cap figure of $4.575 million isn’t a big issue for the Patriots and doesn’t think they have a “burning need” to release him.
New England signed Amendola to a five year, $28.5 million contract that included $10 million guaranteed last year.
However, Amendola continued to deal with injuries and wasn’t as effective as they were hoping he would be when they allowed Wes Welker to leave during free agency and instead signed Amendola as a replacement.
Meanwhile, Julian Edelman was forced to sign one-year contract that included a base salary of just $615,000 and would go on to outproduce Amendola by a huge margin last season.
If there Patriots were to release Amendola right now, they would take a $2.225 million cap hit, according to OverTheCap.com. However, if they designated him as a June 1st release they would free up $1.375 million in cap space.
There has also been some talk that Amendola could be on the trading block, but haven’t heard much regarding the idea in recent days.
We’ll have more about a possible Amendola trade or release as the news is available.