By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Danny Amendola desperately wants our attention again.
A day after essentially discrediting the Patriots’ coaches for the success that led to six Super Bowl banners, Amendola continued his anti-Patriot media tour Tuesday during an interview with Colin Cowherd.
This time, it was Bill Belichick the general manager who did Amendola wrong.
“The fact that [Bill Belichick] also wore the GM hat and I had to negotiate my contract with him three years in a row by myself and take pay cuts to help him and put rings on his finger kind of wore me the wrong way,” Amendola told Cowherd. “So I felt like it was in the best interest for me to move on.”
Well, let’s unpack this one together, shall we?
First of all, nobody ‘made’ Amendola take a pay cut. If he didn’t want to take a pay cut, he could’ve refused. I mean, both sides agreed to the $28.5 million contract that made Amendola one of the most obscenely overpaid players of the entire Patriots dynasty. The Patriots likely would have cut or traded him upon a refusal to restructure or take less money, sure, but if Amendola truly hated it here (his comments seem to speak to that), he wouldn’t have cared. He also could’ve had an agent (or a better agent at the very least) to handle those negotiations around a restructure.
But both times Amendola restructured his deal, in both 2016 and 2017, he praised the organization’s championship-centered aspirations. In other words, the only reason Amendola took cuts was to put more rings on fingers. He knew the goal behind these cuts and agreed with them. Oh, and in 2017, Amendola even praised Belichick when asked about why he restructured his deal for the second year in a row and said, “I love the atmosphere [Belichick] brings when we walk into the building every day.” This is the same guy that wore you the wrong way? Just wanna make sure.
Secondly, you took a cut to put a ring on Belichick’s finger? Did Belichick steal your Super Bowl ring? Huh?
To be clear, Amendola’s paycut resulted in one ring (the Patriots’ historic comeback against the Falcons) on Belichick’s finger. Amendola played a part in that ring, with eight catches for 78 yards and a score in the comeback, but he probably lands fourth or fifth (at best) on your list of offensive heroes in that one, behind Tom Brady, James White, Julian Edelman, and Malcolm Mitchell. And when Amendola was ‘Playoff Amendola’ in 2017 — he totaled 112 yards in a divisional round win over the Titans and had two huge touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars and then another monster effort in the Super Bowl — it was in what turned out to be a ringless ending as the Patriots fell to the Eagles in a Super Bowl LII shootout.
So, ‘rings’ is flawed from the start.
There’s something to be said about a player being honest about their former employer. Especially in regards to the Patriots, as every station’s programming will tell you. But it just feels like the continuation of what seems like incredible bitterness towards Belichick on the part of Amendola (and it’s felt that way for a while now), even though he tried his best to immediately walk that back in his interview with Cowherd.
“I’m definitely not anti-Bill,” Amendola told Cowherd moments after complaining about putting rings (not true) on Belichick’s fingers. “I love what he’s done and how he approaches the game as a head coach. Business is business and I learned from Bill you’ve got to do business as business is being done, and if he wants to cut your pay in half and you can get more on the street then you can go somewhere else and help provide for your family then that’s what you gotta do. And I feel like that’s the same reason why Tom is out of New England and on to Tampa.”
And it’s also why the media tour of a 35-year-old slot receiver coming off a 46-catch 2020 season is generating one thousand percent more buzz than it would under absolutely any other circumstance.
We talked a lot about the Brady-Belichick “debate” in the newest episode of the SideLines podcast. Have a listen below.