He has indeed taken less. As it turns out, a lot less.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe has the details. Amendola has swapped out a $5 million base salary, $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses, and another $500,000 in incentives for a maximum package this year of $1.6 million.
He gets a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.25 million, a $100,000 signing bonus, and up to $250,000 in roster bonus. It a dramatic reduction, especially since he had 65 catches for 648 yards and three touchdowns in 2015.
Amendola is still due to make $6.5 million in 2017, if he’s on the team then. Given the value they’ve placed on him for 2016, it’s safe to say that he’ll only be a Patriot in 2017 if he takes a similar pay cut.