Danny Amendola’s restructured contract creates $4.75 million in cap space for the Patriots

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Danny Amendola really likes winning.

For the third straight year, the wide receiver has taken a pay reduction to stay with the New England Patriots.

When taking a pay cut two years ago, he offered his reasoning by saying, “When it came down to it, it was also about playing good football. I’ve been on a 1-15 team. I’ve been on teams that never made it to the playoffs. It wasn’t fun playing meaningless football. When you’re playing meaningful football at the end of the season, and every play or every route that you run counts, every ball you catch counts, and it’s either win or go home, what I found in the sense of coming here is that’s the most rewarding thing.”

Amendola’s restructured contract means that he stays in New England and that the Patriots gain an additional $4.75 million in cap space.

More details of the wide receiver’s contract are that his base salary of $1.25 million is fully guaranteed. He also gets a $50,000 workout bonus and $100,000 in the form of a signing bonus. Amendola can also get a total of $300,000 in per-game roster bonuses. If he maxes out his contract, he could get $1.7 million overall.

His new cap number is $3.041 million when it would have been $7.791 million in his original contract.

In his four seasons with the Patriots so far, Amendola has been active for 54 out of 64 regular season games and has been active for all 10 postseason matchups.

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