Unless the New England Patriots decide to part ways with Danny Amendola by 4 PM tomorrow, the team will owe him $2 million of guaranteed money. His base salary is $3 million.
Even if the Patriots cut Amendola after 4 PM tomorrow with a post-June 1st designation, he would still be owed the guaranteed money. The situation is complicated, but PFT writer Mike Florio breaks down the four possible scenarios that could unfold with the receiver, who has been rumored to be on the trading block:
The Patriots have four options: (1) cut Amendola before Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET, resulting in a $4.8 million cap charge in 2014; (2) cut Amendola after Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET with a post-June 1 designation, resulting in a $1.2 million cap charge in 2014 and $3.6 million in 2015, but guaranteeing up to $2 million in base salary if he doesn’t land elsewhere; (3) trade Amendola before June 1, resulting in a $4.8 million cap charge in 2014; or (4) keep Amendola, paying him up to $3.5 million and carrying a $4.543 million cap number.
Together, these options point towards a likely second year in New England for Amendola, who was outperformed by a wide margin this past season by Julian Edelman, who the team is looking to re-sign.
Whether or not Amendola can form some sort of chemistry with Tom Brady in his second year is the major question mark, in addition to his recurring inability to stay on the field. If the team is going to cut ties with him, it would likely be by 4 PM tomorrow.