If rumors are true, then Danny Amendola’s days in New England may be numbered.
NFL teams told Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei that the wide receiver’s name “has been floated around in trade talks.” Trading Amendola before June 2 would cost the Pats $645,000 in cap space, but they could save up to $2.88 million by either trading him after that or by cutting him before 4 p.m. on March 11 and making him a June 2 designation.
Amendola signed a five-year $28.5 million contract last offseason with just two years guaranteed. He was supposed to fill in the hole in the slot made by Wes Welker’s departure, but his lack of production led the team to rely more heavily on Julian Edelman, the opposite of what was expected. Amendola missed four weeks due to injuries and recorded only 54 receptions for 633 yards and two touchdowns.
Edelman on the other hand caught 105 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. He was the 10th Patriot in history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season, and only the third to catch 100 passes.
Freeing up cap space by trading or cutting Amendola would allow the Patriots to negotiate a better contract with Edelman, who is currently a free agent. Patriots owner Robert Kraft expressed that he would like to see Edelman remain with the team, but many reports say that negotiations have yet to begin. However, based on the lack of luck Edelman had in the open market last season, it’s hard to imagine that he would be able to find a much better deal elsewhere.