Amendola valuable depth for Patriots to keep in-house

Amendola valuable depth for Patriots to keep in-house

FOXBORO -- Danny Amendola has been through this twice before. He wanted to do whatever it took to remain in New England then, and that appears to be the case again now. 

"I love playing for this team," he said last April after restructuring his deal. "I love playing for these coaches, this organization. I got family out here, this is home to me. I love playing for this team. It's a great experience and I'd like to prolong that for as long as I can. It's been fun."

Amendola was set to make $6 million in salary in 2017, and it was relatively clear he was not going to be playing for the Patriots under his contract the way it was structured. According to ESPN's Field Yates, Amendola will restructure his deal with New England for the third time in as many years, though this time he'll still be paid a salary that will be a "slight increase" from the $1.6 million he made last season. 

Amendola made 23 catches for 243 yards and four touchdowns last regular season, saving his best for last when he reeled in eight catches for 78 yards, a touchdown and a critical two-point conversion against the Falcons to help the Patriots make the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. 

The trust Amendola has built up with Tom Brady, his dependability as a slot receiver, and his skills in the return game have made him a critical piece on the Patriots roster in recent years so it comes as little surprise that the team wanted him back.

That Amendola was willing once again to take less money in order to stay is an indication of just how much he enjoys being a part of a winning organization and how valuable it is for him to be able to do that in the place he considers home.

Report: Amendola agrees to reduced contract

Report: Amendola agrees to reduced contract

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Danny Amendola has agreed to a reduced contract with the Patriots for the 2017 season. 

Amendola is entering his fifth season in New England after joining the team prior to the 2013 season. 

Last season, he had 23 catches for 243 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. He had 10 postseason catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, which came in the team’s Super Bowl LI over the Falcons. 

Perry: 'Not out of the realm of possibility' Amendola takes pay cut

Perry: 'Not out of the realm of possibility' Amendola takes pay cut

Phil Perry analyzes  whether Danny Amendola will take another pay cut to stay with the New England Patriots.