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.

39 responses to “Patriots make offer sheet for Bills back Mike Gillislee

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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….

  5. 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

  6. 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
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    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’?

  7. 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….
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    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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  15. 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.

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

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

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

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

    Giants picked up another running back?

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. “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?

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

  23. 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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