According to several reports, the New England Patriots and Danny Amendola have agreed to restructure the wide receiver's contract. ESPN Boston's Field Yates offers the following information on the new deal:
Source: Patriots WR Danny Amendola has restructured his deal. New base value is $12.75M over 3 years, he can still earn the full $15M though— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 12, 2015
Amendola, who was signed by the Patriots as an Unrestricted Free Agent in 2013, was meant to replace Wes Welker in New England's offense. However, injuries and the emergence of fellow wideout Julian Edelman have limited his impact. Thus, he was relegated to the number three wide receiver in 2014 behind Edelman and Brandon LaFell.
Towards the end of his second season in New England, however, the Texas Tech alumn and Tom Brady started to develop some chemistry. Amendola emerged down the stretch and registered three touchdowns during New England's postseason run, including one in Super Bowl XLIX.
The 29-year old, who is also the Patriots' primary kick off returner, was scheduled to count $5.7 million against the team's 2015 salary cap. With the restructure, however, his cap hit is expected to go down significantly and Amendola's future in Foxborough looks safe.