As is often the case in the reporting of contracts, the deal wide receiver Danny Amendola signed with the New England Patriots is not what was originally advertised.
Widely circulated as a five-year contract worth $31 million, the total value is actually $28.5 million and $2.5 million of that are per-game roster bonuses of $31,250 that are included in each of the five years of the deal.
If Amendola is able to play all 16 games in a season, his total take from the roster bonuses would be $500,000. In the last two seasons with the Rams, Amendola played a total of 12 games; one in 2011 and 11 last season.
He did receive a $6 million signing bonus and $4 million of his base salaries are fully guaranteed. The yearly salaries are $2 million this year (guaranteed), $3 million in 2014 ($2 million of which is guaranteed), $4 million in 2015, $5 million in 2016 and $6 million in 2017.