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Danny Amendola takes pay cut to stay with Patriots

Taking less money to stay with the Patriots? That arrangement works for Danny Amendola.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the wideout has agreed to a restructured, two-year deal that will pay him $7.35 million with another $750,000 available in bonuses and incentives, per a source informed of the deal.

Initially slated to make $12 million over the next two years, it's a sizeable pay cut for a pass-catcher set to compete for snaps with new addition Chris Hogan.

Amendola also took a pay cut last season, but outperformed his $1.5 million deal for 2015 with 648 yards and three touchdowns off 65 catches. Had he refused the price-tag chop, Amendola was certain to be released.

It's a crowded house at wideout in New England, but Amendola still figures to see his share of work alongside Hogan and Julian Edelman. With uber-sensation Rob Gronkowski at tight end and satellite back Dion Lewis in the mix, quarterback Tom Brady has plenty of options for an offense certain to rock opponents in 2016.

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