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Danny Amendola didn't have the impact—only 54 catches—in his first season with Tom Brady that many fans expected. According to Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report, the New England Patriots might be thinking of cutting bait already.
NFL teams say the name of Danny Amendola has been floated in trade talks. The Patriots signed the wide receiver to a five-year, $28.5 million contract last offseason, but Amendola struggled to stay healthy and did not have the kind of impact the team envisioned him having.
Amendola caught 54 passes for 633 yards with Tom Brady throwing to him. He had two better seasons when he played in St. Louis with Sam Bradford throwing to him. There has been speculation the Patriots could cut Amendola if a deal cannot be worked out.
The upside to cutting Amendola is nearly nonexistent. While doing so would trim Amendola's cap figure in 2014, according to Miguel Benzan of PatsFans.com, the Patriots would have to replace his production with another player who—unless it was a draft pick—would almost certainly cost more than the $2.88 million they would save.
Trading Amendola would be even worse, as the 2014 cap room would actually decrease by $645,000. The Patriots would also be liable for paying his replacement.
Before his groin injury, Amendola was Brady's most trusted target. If he can regain his health in 2014, there is no reason that he can't have a season on par with Julian Edelman's 2013 campaign.