The contract details for New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola have trickled out, per the Boston Globe's Ben Volin.
Danny Anendola was supposed to have a $5m salary and $6.8m cap hit. New deal has $1.25m salary, $100k signing bonus and $250k per-game bonus— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 10, 2016
Amendola’s new deal guarantees him $1.35m, all this year. His 2017 wasn’t touched -- $6m salary, $500k in per-game, $500k incentives, $0 gtd— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 10, 2016
His new cap number this year is $2,916,666. So #Patriots save $3.4m in cash and $3.9m in salary cap on Amendola— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 10, 2016
The $1.35 million in guaranteed money for 2016 absolutely makes Amendola a lock for this upcoming season. Amendola was projected to earn $5 million in 2016 prior to the restructure, with an additional $437k roster bonus.
Since Amendola was active for 14 games in 2015, only $218,750 of the "per-game bonus" will count against the salary cap.
Edit: Amendola's "per-game bonus" is structured as $25,000 per game for up to 10 games. Therefore, the entire $250,000 will count against the cap.
The fact that Amendola's 2017 terms have remained unchanged means that the two sides will have to renegotiate next offseason- or the two sides will just part ways prior to free agency.
Lock Amendola into the roster as the top slot receiver, but only for the 2016 season.