Volin points to the fact that Amendola is coming off a frustrating season in which he not only dealt with injuries, but also lost the trust of QB Tom Brady.
Add in the fact that he signed a five-year, $28.5 million contract that also included $10 million guaranteed, despite being outplayed by Julian Edelman this season, and you can see why the idea makes some sense.
Releasing Amendola isn’t exactly a simple move to make given that they would incur a cap hit of $225,000 or so. However, they could free up close to $1.375 million by designating Amendola as a June 1 release. This would leave them with $3.5 million or so in dead money for each of the next two years.
It would be surprising to see New England elect to go this route just one year into Amendola’s contract, but I guess there is always the Patriots could cut ties and focus on other players.