From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 30, 2011
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP)Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5 will play the NFL Kickoff 2011 concert outside Lambeau Field before the Green Bay Packers Sept. 8 opener against the New Orleans Saints.
The concert will take place on a stage adjacent to Lambeau Field, continuing the NFLs recent tradition of big-name musical acts playing before the first game of the season. The Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift and Harry Connick Jr. performed in New Orleans last year.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT, an hour before kickoff, and will be shown on NBCs pregame show and on the NFL Network.
It's very clear Danny Amendola wants to remain a member of the Patriots. For the second time in two years, the veteran receiver has restructured his deal in order to remain with the team, according to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran.
Amendola's deal will pay him $7.35 million over the next two years. Amendola's new contract also allows him an opportunity to make $750,000 more in roster and receptions bonuses.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 was the first to report the news.
In 2015, Amendola put together what was his best season in a Patriots uniform, finishing with 65 catches on 87 targets for 648 yards and three touchdowns. He was scheduled to make $5 million in base salary this year and count $6.8 million against the salary cap. In 2017, he was due $6 million in base salary and would have counted $7.86 million against the cap.
Amendola released a statement to Garafolo that said, "It's an honor to play for this franchise and with this group of guys. We have one goal -- to win another Championship and that's all we care about."
Amendola's original deal with the Patriots was set to pay him $4 million in base salary with a $5.7 million cap hit in 2015, but he re-worked it so that he was paid $1.25 million in base salary and his cap hit was knocked down to $3.11 million last year.
The Patriots receiver group appears to be solid at the top with Amendola, Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan securely in the fold. The team also added a handful of pass-catchers this offseason -- including veteran Nate Washington and rookies Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Lucien -- who will compete for time alongside Keshawn Martin, Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper and DeAndre Carter.
Sean McAdam talks with Toucher & Rich about the good start the Red Sox have gotten off to this season, playing well on the road and for the most part taking care of business.
Georgia Bulldogs beat writer Seth Emerson talks with Toucher & Rich about the fascinating story of Patriots 4th round pick, Malcolm Mitchell