Cap savings. In trimming his base salary from $5 million to $1.25 million for 2016, Amendola saves the Patriots $3.9 million on the salary cap. His salary cap charge for 2016 is $2.916 million.
Similar issue ahead in 2017. The restructure was solely for 2016, as Amendola's 2017 base salary of $6 million remains, as does his $7.9 million salary cap charge for '17. So this will be an issue for the sides to address again next offseason.
Guaranteed money. Amendola received a $100,000 signing bonus as part of the adjustment, and his $1.25 million base salary is guaranteed. So his total guarantee is $1.35 million. His total cash value in 2016 is $1.6 million.
Roster bonuses. Amendola will receive $25,000 in roster bonuses for each game that he is on the 46-man roster, up to a maximum of 10 games. That's a total of $250,000. In his prior deal, Amendola had the chance to earn $500,000 in roster bonuses and an additional $500,000 in incentives.