Amendola will now be paid slightly above the $1.6 million he earned last season, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The 31-year-old’s contract runs out at the end of the 2017 campaign.
Amendola was originally set for a $7.79-million cap hit in 2017 and would only carry $1.42 million in dead money if he were to be released, so the restructure likely avoids the veteran pass-catcher being a potential cap casualty later in the offseason.
Amendola has spent four seasons as a complimentary part of the Patriots’ offense. He caught 65 passes for 648 yards in 2015, but saw his production dip last season to 23 catches for 243 yards, which likely prompted New England to ask for the pay cut.
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