Patscap breaks down Danny Amendola’s 2016 paycut

Miguel Benzan
May 10, 2016 at 9:57 pm ET

On May 10, 2016 the Boston Globe’ Ben Volin tweeted that the “Danny Amendola 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”; “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”; “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” and “Amendola gets $25,000 per game active, but only up to 10 games”.

Before this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2016 cap number was $6,804,166 which consisted of a
* $5 million salary
* $1,366,666 in signing bonus proration
* $437,500 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

Danny Amendola was active for 14 games in 2015. Also before this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number was $7,866,668 which consisted of a
* 6 million salary
* $1,366,668 in signing bonus proration
* $500,000 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

Danny Amendola was due $12 million in cash from the Patriots for the next two seasons. Danny Amendola also had $500,000 in NTLBE incentives tied to receptions for 2016 and 2017 – the lowest trigger level is 90 receptions. In March of 2015 Danny Amendola and the Patriots restructured his deal. His 2015 salary was lowered from $4 million to $1.25 million while Amendola was given a $500,000 signing bonus which was prorated over the 2015/2016/2017 seasons. Danny Amendola’s $500,000 receptions incentive was increased to $750,000. His incentives were changed from 90 receptions to the following tiered structure.

* 40 catches for $150,000 – Earned
* 50 catches for another $150,000 ($300,000 total) – Earned
* 60 catches for another $225,000 ($525,000 total) – Earned
* 70 catches for another $225,000 ($750,000 total) – Unearned

Danny Amendola had 63 receptions in 2015 and was active for 15 games. His 2015 cash intake totaled $2,712,500
* $1.25 million salary
* $500,000 signing bonus
* $525,000 in earned incentives
* $437,500 for being active for 14 games ($31,250 per game)
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$2,712,500

After this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2016 cap number is now $2,916,666 which consisted of a
* $1.25 million salary
* $1,416,666 in signing bonus proration
* $250,000 ($25,000 per 46-man active roster appearance – maximum of 10 games) roster bonus.

After this paycut Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number is now $7,866,668 which consisted of a
* $6 million salary
* $1,416,668 in signing bonus proration
* $500,000 ($31,250 per 46-man active roster appearance) roster bonus.

Danny Amendola is now due $8.1 million (down from $12 million) in cash from the Patriots for the next two seasons. Danny Amendola no longer has $500,000 in NTLBE incentives tied to receptions for the 2016 season but those incentives whose lowest trigger level is 90 receptions remains for the 2017 season.

Danny Amendola's PayCut Detailed

Danny Amendola’s $6.8 million cap hit was the 5th highest on the 2016 Patriots and was the highest of Brady’s offensive weapons.

Amendola, Danny $6,804,166
Gronkowski, Rob $6,618,750
Hogan, Chris $5,500,000
Bennett, Martellus $5,185,000
Edelman, Julian $4,421,875
Harbor, Clay $1,287,500
Martin, Keshawn $1,275,000
Bolden, Brandon $1,272,500
Dobson, Aaron $1,090,845
Lewis, Dion $1,087,500
Blount, LaGarrette $1,025,000
Develin, James $750,000
White, James $699,272
Brown, Donald $680,000 (Brown’s deal qualifies for the Minimum Salary Benefit treatment which lowers the cap hit of his salary to $600,000)
Washington, Nate $680,000 (Nate Washington’s deal qualifies for the Minimum Salary Benefit treatment which lowers the cap hit of his salary to $600,000)

The salaries of the below players are not counting against the Patriots salary cap because of the Top 51 rule
Mitchell, Malcolm $ 144,498
Derby, A.J. $28,013
Lucien, Devin 21,353
Gaffney, Tyler $0
Harper, Chris $0
Williams, Michael $0
Carter, DeAndre $0

After the paycut Danny Amendola’s $2.9 million cap hit is now the 15th highest on the 2016 Patriots and is now the 6th highest of Brady’s offensive weapons.

Some frequently asked questions about the salary cap implications of Danny Amendola’s paycut

Added at 11:05 PM May 10, 2016
Q: Was asked by @InBostonSports on Twitter – What does $4M do for the team at this point in offseason? Resign the big D guys but what if they don’t. Why do this?
A: The 9 million in cap space may just be enough to

* Sign Jamie Collins to an extension. A deal that is slightly better than Lavonte David would take up over $5 million in cap space
Jamie Collins' extension

* Pay for players 52 and 53 – $900,000

* Pay for the 10-man practice squad – ($6,600 * 17 weeks * 10 players) = $1,122,000. Will round up to $1,500,000 since Patriots typically pay some practice squad players more than the minimum and the Patriots have cut practice squad players after 4PM Tuesday when the player has earned that week’s salary.

* Have a cushion for the NLTBE 46-man active roster bonuses that could be earned by Kuhn, Sheard, Bolden, Kline, Freeny, Lewis, Edelman, Vollmer, Solder, Gronkowski, McCourty, Long, McClellin, Martin, Waddle, Cannon, Knighton, Harbor, Ebner, Humber, and Chung. If all twenty-two players play in all sixteen games in 2016, the Patriots will then lose close to $1.9 million in cap space. Earned NLTBE 46-man active roster bonuses are the only NLTBE incentives that if earned hits that year’s cap. Quoting the CBA – “Any roster bonus which is deemed not “likely to be earned” based upon the player’s performance during the prior year shall immediately be included in Team Salary when earned.”

* Have a cushion for other reachable NLTBE incentives (1.5 million) which consist of Vollmer’s playing-time incentive ($1 million) and Edelman’s receptions incentives ($500,000).

* Have a cushion to replace injured players during preseason and regular season – $4 to $6 million.

* Have a cushion to extend players during regular season – $1 to $4 million.
Example – Malcolm Butler
Malcolm Butler's extension

* Have a cushion just in case Scott Chandler applies for injury protection. Quoting the CBA – “Beginning in the 2016 League Year, any type of In-jury Protection liability shall be included in Team Salary for the League Year for which such Injury Protection applies, or the League Year in which such Injury Protection is paid, agreed to be paid by settlement, or awarded, whichever is later.” Injury Protection was a benefit for the 2011/2012/2013/2014 and 2015 seasons. Scott Chandler may qualify for Injury Protection since he underwent surgery in the off-season following the season of injury and was released with failed physical designation. If Scott Chandler is approved to get the Injury Protection benefit he will receive an amount equal to 50% of his Paragraph 5 Salary for the 2016 season ($2 million) or $1 million. To learn more about Injury Protection review the CBA’s Article 45.

Q: Did you expect this paycut?
A: Yes.

Q: What surprised you about the paycut?
A: The large amount. Had projected cap savings of between 2 and 3 million. Ended up being $3,887,500.

Q: Did anything else surprised you about the paycut?
A: Surprised that Amendola was not given a chance to earn back some of the money by reaching NTLBE (Not Likely to be Earned Incentives).

Q: How much was the paycut in 2015?
A: It ended up being $1,787,500 after factoring in the 2015 incentives he earned.

Q: How much is the paycut in 2016?
A: $3,887,500

Q: How much of Amendola’s deal is guaranteed?
A: $1.35 million which consists of his 2016 salary of $1.25 million and his $100,000 signing bonus

Q: Does this pay-cut guarantee a spot on the 53-man roster for Danny Amendola?
A: I think so. Now consider him a roster lock along with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, and Malcolm Mitchell.

Q: What was the maximum pay-cut that Amendola could have received?
A: Lowering Danny Amendola’s salary from $5 million to $885,000, the lowest minimum salary for a player with Danny Amendola’s experience along with eliminating his 46-man active roster bonus would have resulted in a 2016 cash intake of just $885,000. for a cap savings of $4,115,000. I just doubt that Amendola would agree to such a paycut

Q: Exactly how much cap space did this pay-cut create in 2016?
A: $3,887,500

Q: How did this pay-cut change Danny Amendola’s 2017 cap number?
A: It increased it by $50,000 – the 2017 proration of his 2016 $100,000 signing bonus

Q: What would be the dead money hit if Amendola is cut or traded in 2017?
A: $1,416,668

Q: How much cap space would be created if Danny Amendola is cut or traded in 2017?
A: $6,500,000

Q: Do you expect Danny Amendola to be playing for the Patriots at his current cap number of $7,916,668
A: No. Expect that he will agree to a third paycut or be released/traded.

Q: Was this extension done to help extend Dont’a Hightower?
A: Doubtful since any 2016 extension will lower Hightower’s 2016 cap number of $7.751 million.

Q: Was this extension done to help extend Jamaal Sheard?
A: Doubtful since any 2016 extension will lower Jamaal Sheard’s 2016 cap number of $6.8125 million.

Q: Was this extension done to help extend Jamie Collins?
A: Possible since any 2016 extension will increase Jamie Collins’ 2016 cap number of $1,196,683.

Q: Was this extension done to help extend Malcolm Butler?
A: Very possible since any 2016 extension will increase Butler’ 2016 cap number of $600,000.

Q: What teammates of Amendola benefit from his pay-cut?
A: The increased cap space makes it easier for the Patriots to not release a Marcus Cannon.

Q: How much cap space do the Patriots now have?
A: As of 9:40PM May 10th $9,093,232

Q: Do the Patriots now have enough cap space for the rest of the year?
A: They may have. It depends on how many extensions of lower-salaried players (Collins, Ryan, Harmon, Butler, Kuhn, Bolden, Harbor, Freeny, Develin) the Patriots plan to before the end of the 2016 regular season.

Q: How much was Danny Amendola scheduled to earn from 2013 through 2016 under original deal?
A: $22 million.

Q: How much is Danny Amendola now scheduled to earn from 2013 through 2016 after his two paycuts?
A: $16,187,500, almost $6 million dollars less.

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