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Patriots make offer sheet for Bills back Mike Gillislee

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Sometimes it feels like the Patriots just enjoy messing with the Bills on purpose.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots have signed restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet.

The deal is worth $6.4 million over two years, with $4 million in the first year.

If the Bills don’t match, the Patriots would owe them a fifth-round pick for the running back, who had 101 carries for 577 yards and eight touchdowns last year.

The Patriots also lured Chris Hogan away from Buffalo as an RFA a year ago, and spent big money to bring cornerback Stephon Gilmore as an unrestricted free agent.

It’s also a pretty clear shot across the bow to LeGarrette Blount, who’s still available in free agency as the Patriots have looked at other backs and signed Rex Burkhead.

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39 Responses to “Patriots make offer sheet for Bills back Mike Gillislee”
  1. blaser32 says: Apr 18, 2017 1:52 PM

    don’t match. RB are a dime a dozen

  2. dpdonny says: Apr 18, 2017 1:53 PM

    I feel bad for the Bills. I really do.

    — Pats Fan

  3. gregfalco15 says: Apr 18, 2017 1:54 PM

    This poaching/trolling would be funnier if Rex was still with Buffalo.

    As it is, not a bad move. I’d think the offense is now done, except for the OL. Time to focus on defense now.

  4. coach9999 says: Apr 18, 2017 1:55 PM

    Surprised by this, good player but how many RB’s do you need unless Lewis is being let go.

  5. wib22 says: Apr 18, 2017 1:56 PM

    Another RB carousel for the cheaties!

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 18, 2017 1:56 PM

    Nice knowin’ you LeGarret and thanks for helping get the Pats to 2 SBs. You worked hard while you were here.

    Looks like the Pats have found your replacement though. Doubt the Bills will match this but maybe they learned after letting Hogan get away from the last year.

  7. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Apr 18, 2017 1:58 PM

    This isn’t really a “shot across the bow”, because if it comes off there is almost a 0% chance of LeGarrette Blount making the roster unless he competes in training camp and there are injuries to a couple of starters. It’s a clear upgrade on the position to someone much younger and more productive.

  8. kissbillsrings says: Apr 18, 2017 1:59 PM

    Id be fine with all of this if he joins the Pats….
    I would ha preferred a 4 year deal for 11 million & 7 guaranteed with 4 million signing bonus….

  9. hehateme2 says: Apr 18, 2017 2:03 PM

    Karma for the Bills when doing the same thing (other than more crazy money) to the Dolphins when they signed Charles Clay.

    Clay has never been the same since. lol

  10. nepatriot1 says: Apr 18, 2017 2:05 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 1:56 PM
    Another RB carousel for the cheaties!
    ——————–
    Steelers picked up another running back?

  11. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 18, 2017 2:05 PM

    Nice pick up.. Wish the Raiders would’ve grabbed him instead of Lynch.. fudge!

  12. tylawspick6 says: Apr 18, 2017 2:13 PM

    Gillislee is just scratching the surface.

    Either way, NE wins. They’d upgrade their RB group AND yet again force Buffalo’s hand.

  13. donterrelli says: Apr 18, 2017 2:19 PM

    I’ll bet Blount really wants to punch someone right about now.

  14. maust1013 says: Apr 18, 2017 2:29 PM

    “Sometimes it feels like the Patriots just enjoy messing with the Bills…”

    What do you mean ‘sometimes?’

  15. nhpats says: Apr 18, 2017 2:33 PM

    The Bills are basically the Patriots farm team….

  16. EJ says: Apr 18, 2017 2:34 PM

    hehateme2 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:03 PM
    Karma for the Bills when doing the same thing (other than more crazy money) to the Dolphins when they signed Charles Clay.

    Clay has never been the same since. lol
    ________________________________
    Do you watch the sport? Charles Clay had the 2nd best season he’s had production wise for his 6yr career in 2016.
    He has also become an awesome run blocker… helping the Bills become the #1 rushing Offense in the league for 2016. Pro-Football-Reference had 2016 as his best year in the NFL… they ranked him with a 6… his best number was a 5 with Miami. So how has he ‘Never been the same’?

  17. TheCakeIsALie says: Apr 18, 2017 2:37 PM

    Id be fine with all of this if he joins the Pats….
    I would ha preferred a 4 year deal for 11 million & 7 guaranteed with 4 million signing bonus….
    —————

    Yeah, I’m sick of Bill constantly screwing up the roster and salary cap. One day, he’ll have someone like you to lean on.

  18. superpatriotsfan says: Apr 18, 2017 2:38 PM

    Must be nice with all that extra undocumented money laying around in Patriot land. Did Tom take more under the table money?

  19. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 18, 2017 2:39 PM

    Well, I guess “Signed to an Offer sheet” means “Signed to the roster”, at least that’s what you’d learn from reading the comments. The Bills will match, they have plenty of cap space, and the market is bare in terms of adding impact players in need of high price tags. The Patriots tried to drum up the year one salary to press the issue, but that’s a steal of a deal that the Bills won’t mind matching for the production he brings. I’m going to call it now, this is the year these “tactics” blow up in BB face. Gilmore will bust, and you’ll be stuck with a bad deal and an upset Butler, and Dwayne Allen is no Martellus Bennett. Without the power running game, how are you going to control the clock?

  20. whywerule says: Apr 18, 2017 2:45 PM

    coach9999 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 1:55 PM
    Surprised by this, good player but how many RB’s do you need unless Lewis is being let go.

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    If Gillislee joins the Pats he might be the only “veteran” Pats RB signed beyond 2017. Lewis, White, Bolden and Burkhead are all UFAs after 2017. BB might actually be giving some thought beyond 2017.

  21. stoneydog1000 says: Apr 18, 2017 2:49 PM

    #nhpats- the Patriots need a farm team? I guess they can’t draft good players on their own.

  22. gregfalco15 says: Apr 18, 2017 2:51 PM

    Bill will slowly create a Patriots team comprised solely of ex-Bills players and then go on to win a SB just to rub it in everyone’s face, especially Rex Ryan’s. (It also has a ring to it, Bill and the ex-Bills or Bill and his exes.) Look for him to trade Brady next year for Tyrod Taylor and a couple more players.

  23. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 2:55 PM

    Buffalo should strike back at the Pats now by signing Blount out from under them. That’ll teach ’em!!

  24. edelmanfanclub says: Apr 18, 2017 3:01 PM

    Blount wont come back. NE is pretty much set. Bolden will play ST. White/Lewis/Burke will function as pass catchers and Gillislee/Burkehead will run between the tackles. They have depth for injury. Will miss Blounts size and speed for his size but I guess he priced himself out of NEs range after a 18 TD season or NE lowballed him, probably a little of both. Bill is being aggressive with Brady’s career coming closer to the end and holding on to Garoppolo as insurance for any decline Brady may incur. Not saying he will but its obviously a possibility for someone his age and obviously being so aggressive Bill wont take chances at the QB position.

  25. nhpats says: Apr 18, 2017 3:03 PM

    stoneydog1000 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:49 PM
    #nhpats- the Patriots need a farm team? I guess they can’t draft good players on their own.

    ——————

    Tough to draft players when the Commissioner and various owners fabricate infractions to justify stealing Patriots’ draft picks

  26. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 3:05 PM

    stoneydog1000 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:49 PM
    #nhpats- the Patriots need a farm team? I guess they can’t draft good players on their own.

    —————-

    The Pats draft plenty of good players on their own. But so does Buffalo, so why not take advantage of that?

  27. decapitateme says: Apr 18, 2017 3:05 PM

    The offer sheets came in at noon. By 2 pm they had been reduced. Pay cut. The Patriot’s Way!

  28. wahoo21 says: Apr 18, 2017 3:14 PM

    So the Pats just showed Gillislee the money that Blount wanted….at least he gets to walk away with 2 rings

  29. patriots56 says: Apr 18, 2017 3:19 PM

    nepatriot1 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 2:05 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 18, 2017 1:56 PM
    Another RB carousel for the cheaties!
    ——————–
    Steelers picked up another running back?

    Giants picked up another running back?

  30. decapitateme says: Apr 18, 2017 3:19 PM

    Without the power running game, how are you going to control the clock?
    _____________________________________
    We will cheat and we will cheat well.

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 18, 2017 3:38 PM

    No team works harder than the Pats. Numerous former players that were on other teams before or after their time with the Pats have confirmed this.

    Hard work, innovation and success used to be respected in this country. Now the politically correct, want everyone to get a participation trophy and nothing more, lazy, whining, self entitled crowd find the hard work and innovation somehow “cheating” because they are either incapable and or too lazy to do so themselves.

    The corruption and stupidity of Goodell’s league office is incredible. They are the cheaters, not the Pats. They have lied about every major “scandal” they have manufactured against the Saints, Cowboys, Washington and Miami, and caught red handed lying about the Ray Rice incident in an attempt to cover it up, covering up the long domestic abuse history of Josh Brown, ignoring infractions by the favored 5 of the Giants, Steelers, Jets, Colts and Ravens while hammering other teams for the same things.

  32. illumination666 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:18 PM

    Pats fans be like, “Gilishee is the best back in the league! This solidifies next years Superbowl!”

  33. illumination666 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:20 PM

    The media makes every Pats move seem like the greatest thing ever. Gilislee is alright, but he’s not the greatest thing ever. 30 other teams obviously didn’t want him.

  34. illumination666 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:28 PM

    I feel like the Pats could sign Trent Richardson and everyone would be saying, “Oh what a great move! Bill will get the most out of him!”

  35. captainwhodat says: Apr 18, 2017 4:33 PM

    Patriots make offer sheet for Bills back Mike Gillislee…not a pats fan but moves like this are why the Patriots win the division and super bowls and the Bills don’t…

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:35 PM

    “Gilislee is alright, but he’s not the greatest thing ever. 30 other teams obviously didn’t want him.”

    31 other teams also didn’t want to match the Pats offer sheet to Wes Welker who went on to have the most consecutive 100+ catch seasons in NFL history with the Pats.

    31 other teams did not match the offer sheet to Hogan last offseason and now he has a Super Bowl ring.

    31 other teams did not want Julian Edelman.

    31 other teams did not want Deion Lewis who had been a Colt and yet Pagano didn’t even know who he was.

    There are plenty of others that went on to good success with the Pats that 31 other teams did not want. See a pattern emerging here?

  37. weepingjebus says: Apr 18, 2017 4:40 PM

    Anyone who doesn’t want to end up playing in Beijing’s acid clouds is getting off the Bills while the getting is good.

  38. flakeybiscuits says: Apr 19, 2017 9:07 AM

    Gillislee is an excellent back and I pray as a Bills fan that the pats do not realize how phenomenal he can be

  39. grumpysal says: Apr 19, 2017 1:19 PM

    flakeybiscuits says:
    Apr 19, 2017 9:07 AM
    Gillislee is an excellent back and I pray as a Bills fan that the pats do not realize how phenomenal he can be

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    I guarantee you that BB knows exactly what he can be, or he wouldn’t have made that offer. It’s not a coincidence that he plucks guys from division rivals and they’re successful here.

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