Report: Mike Gillislee visited Patriots

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The Patriots added a wide receiver last offseason when they signed Chris Hogan to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent that the Bills chose not to match.

Hogan worked out well in the New England offense and now the team has reportedly taken a meeting with another restricted free agent from Buffalo. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that running back Mike Gillislee recently visited with the Patriots.

Gillislee was tendered at the original round level, which means that the Patriots would send the Bills a fifth-round pick in the event they signed him and the Bills again chose not to match the deal.

Gillislee ran 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns last year. The Patriots have already signed Rex Burkhead for their backfield and recently met with Adrian Peterson while LeGarrette Blount remains unsigned despite reported interest in a return on both sides.

The Patriots are also waiting to see how things play out with a restricted free agent of their own as cornerback Malcolm Butler’s flirtations with the Saints haven’t resulted in an offer sheet to this point. Restricted free agents can sign with other teams through April 21.

15 responses to “Report: Mike Gillislee visited Patriots

  1. BB REALLY hates the drama of the draft…Would rather build with hungry known, players with heart and leadership, then move on after 3-4 years…It prevents cap space hell, and restocks the team with hungry players

  2. If the Bills allow Gillislee to get away it would just further solidify the appearance of front office incompetence and dysfunction….

  3. I just heard from Adam Schefter that the Patriots are bringing in every possible player that is not under contract.

    Who the heck is Mike Gillislee?

  4. This guy is very underrated. He didn’t seem like that much of a drop off from McCoy. I would think the Bills would match any reasonable offer the Patriots would make to him. It doesn’t make sense that the Bills would let the Patriots poach both Hogan and Gillislee in successive years.

  5. Belichick is just showing off now. No longer content with simply winning, he wants to beat teams with their own players. Look for him to show up on the sideline with one arm tied behind his back before too long.

  6. Doesn’t surprise me to see Bill kick the tires on this guy….was actually very impressed with him & his development last season…. Would be just fine if the Pats traded away a 5th rounder if they can lock him up for a reasonable deal for 3-4 years with all the Pats RB’s contracts coming up next year…

  7. I think RFAs on anything under a 1st round tender are worth taking a look at. Basically you can make a modest offer to the player (on a short deal) and either get a quality player for under market value (in exchange for a pick) or burn a little cap space from your competition if they match the offer sheet. Sounds like a win/win for BB and the Pats here if that is the route they go.

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