The New England Patriots are a team full of fan favourite players. From Tom Brady to Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski to Malcolm Butler, Patriots fans have a big choice of players they can get behind and love completely.
Another fan favourite, however, could be on his way out in the next couple of weeks - if some reports are to be believed.
According to a piece from Mike Florio of NBC Sports' ProFootballTalk, following an influx of new talent into Foxboro, it is possible that Danny Amendola has played his last game for the franchise and could be on his way out of New England.
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Bill Belichick and the Patriots have already made several pass-catching additions to the team's offense after the official start of the new season, with Chris Hogan coming in from the Buffalo Bills as well as last night's trade for former Chicago Bears tight end, and one-time Pro-Bowl selection, Martellus Bennett.
Those new additions mean that the Patriots salary cap has taken a hit, so naturally, the franchise will be approaching talent to ask them to take pay cuts - as an off-shoot of the deals. According to the report, Amendola will likely be the first.
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"He’d likely first be squeezed to take less, and perhaps he’d choose to do so," Florio wrote.
"The other alternative is to hold firm with a base salary of $5 million and per-game roster bonuses that add up to another $437,000, forcing the team to either trade Amendola or to cut him."
The Patriots could free up over $4 million in cap room by moving on from Amendola, thanks to his cap hits of $6.8 million in 2016 and $7.87 million in 2017.
Amendola caught 65 passes for 648 yards with three touchdowns in 2015, which might not seem value for money when considering his salary, he did prove to be a valuable replacement when Julian Edelman went down with a foot injury and missed seven games.
But, when Edelman is healthy, Amendola is little more than an afterthought, barely getting looked at by Tom Brady. And now, with Hogan in the fold - who can play both outside and in the slot - Amendola is looking rather expendable.
Amendola has spent three seasons in New England. Last year was his best yet in a Patriots jersey, but it might also be his last.
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