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Patriots WR Danny Amendola restructures contract; expected to lower cap hit

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola restructured his contract with the team, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

This was anticipated as a possibility, with Amendola scheduled to earn $4 million in 2015 and count $5.7 million against the salary cap. As the team's No. 3 receiver in 2014, Amendola played 41.6 percent of the offensive snaps (he came on strong in the playoffs) and the sense was that management might not deem his contract numbers in line with his role in 2015.

The restructure essentially confirms that, as Amendola's new pact covers three years and is worth $12.75 million, according to Schefter. If Amendola hits all escalators/incentives, the contract could have a maximum value of $15 million.

The specifics of his cap hits won't be finalized until the structure of the contract can be analyzed, but the '15 hit is expected to be significantly lower than the $5.7 million he was scheduled to count under his prior deal.