Bills decline to match Patriots' offer for RB Gillislee

25 April 2017, 12:58 | Kristine Mills

Bills declined to match RB Mike Gillislee's two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet, making Gillislee a New England Patriot. Because Gillislee was a restricted free agent with an original-round tender, the Patriots will give the Bills the earlier of their pair of fifth-round draft picks (No. 163 overall).

Unlike the Hogan situation, the Bills will actually get compensation for declining to match the offer sheet to Gillislee.

Had the Patriots not been able to acquire Gillislee, the team would have been in the market to draft a running back.

In addition to the two-year deal, the Patriots must also part with a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Gillislee's addition increases the likelihood unrestricted free agent LeGarrette Blount won't be re-signed after leading New England in rushing last season. He gained 577 yards and scored eight touchdowns on just 101 carries and has the kind of shifty after-the-catch abilities to be an effective weapon in New England's offense.

Gillislee heads to New England joining a host of backfield mates in James White, Dion Lewis and newly added Swiss-Army-Knife-back Rex Burkhead.

He lasted only one season in Miami before playing the last two in Buffalo.

The Bills lost Chris Hogan to the Patriots previous year in a similar situation, as they weren't able to match the offer sheet New England extended.



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