Danny Amendola’s contract with the Patriots makes it difficult for them to trade him this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2014
It also doesn’t sound like the Pats will cut Amendola either.
The only logical way to cut Amendola would be via the June 1 cut, in which the Patriots would take on $1.2 million in dead cap space in 2014 and $3.6 million in 2015 (otherwise, it would be more expensive to outright cut Amendola than to keep him on the roster). A decision will come by Tuesday, when $2 million of Amendola’s $3 million base salary becomes guaranteed if he’s still on the roster.
The NFL Network reported last week that the Patriots cannot use the June 1 cut on Amendola because he automatically receives his bonus on Tuesday, the first day of the league year (and the first day Amendola could be cut), but that’s not quite accurate, the way we understand it. The league year begins at 4 p.m., and the Patriots will have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether or not to keep Amendola. If Amendola is still on the roster at midnight, then he gets his $2 million, and the Patriots lose incentive to cut him.
It’s highly unlikely the Patriots would ever sign a contract that would take away their ability to cut an underperforming player. That said, Amendola’s $4.575 million cap number isn’t exorbitant, and the Patriots shouldn’t have a burning need to cut him.