NFL: Danny Amendola Takes Another Pay Cut to Remain With New England Patriots
Veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola is reportedly taking another pay cut to stay with the New England Patriots for a fifth season this September. The eight-year pro accepted a pay cut in the past two offseasons and has opted to continue with the trend to have the opportunity to remain with the defending Super Bowl champions.
Amendola, 31, signed a two-year, $8.1 million deal with the Patriots last year. It netted him $1.6 million in 2016 and was supposed to earn him $6 million this coming season. However, New England recently decided to restructure his contract once again, making his wage for the 2017 season only slightly higher than what he had earned last year, as per CBS Sports.
This means that after taking a $4.4 million pay cut last offseason, the former Texas Tech standout has accepted a similar wage reduction this time around. In the 2015 offseason, he lost a total of $2.3 million in wages by accepting a $1.25 million base salary for that year.
With his recent decision, it looks clear that winning Super Bowl titles is far more important for the Woodlands, Texas native than earning as much money as possible in his professional career. Amendola currently has two Super Bowl crowns under his belt as he was part of the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI championship teams.
Amendola tallied 1,724 yards in 169 receptions with 10 touchdowns since he moved to New England from the St. Louis Rams in 2013. He is not head coach Bill Belichick's primary wideout, but he is one of quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets on the field along with Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.
With the recent acquisition of Brandin Cooks via a trade with the New Orleans Saints and the emergence of incoming sophomore Malcolm Mitchell, it seems like Amendola has further gone down Belichick's pecking order. This could be the reason why the Patriots are not willing to pay him $6 million anymore.
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