Bills still mulling Sammy Watkins option, Mike Gillislee offer sheet

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In addition to the draft, the Bills have a couple of decisions to make about veteran members of their team in the near future.

There was a report last weekend that the Bills might not exercise their option on wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ contract for the 2018 season and coach Sean McDermott didn’t dispute that on Thursday.

“Sammy is a good player,” McDermott said. “He’s in a good spot. He’s attacking the rehab. We have to continue to evaluate.”

Watkins has been a good player for the Bills, but he’s also been banged up a lot and the 2018 option would be guaranteed against injury. That decision needs to come by May 3, but the other matter to be dealt with is more pressing.

The Bills have a couple more days to decide whether to match the offer sheet restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee signed with the Patriots this week. The deal would pay Gillislee $4 million in 2017 and McDermott said the Bills are still going through the process of deciding what to do.

16 responses to “Bills still mulling Sammy Watkins option, Mike Gillislee offer sheet

  1. .
    The Patriots have two fifth round picks (163 and 183). If the Bills decline to match Gillislie’s offer, which pick goes to Buffalo?
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  2. more reasons why this franchise is a joke. It shouldn’t even be a thought to pick up sammys option. Let gilly walk. If you guys would like to send me whaleys check for my consultation I’ll gladly take it.

  3. bighoser says:
    Apr 20, 2017 3:08 PM
    “Hey Bills, do the right thing and match the Patriots’ offer!”
    – LeGarrette Blount

    “Or I’ll punch you in the face”….

  4. “The Patriots have two fifth round picks (163 and 183). If the Bills decline to match Gillislie’s offer, which pick goes to Buffalo?”

    The pick they get from the draft position where they finished last season got them. The pick they got through trade does cannot be used for this.

  5. Harrisonhits2:

    The 163 pick was from Denver and the 183 was a compensation pick. Can they offer up the compensation pick they have? I thought it had to be their original 5th round pick.

  6. 6ball says:
    Apr 20, 2017 3:06 PM

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    The Patriots have two fifth round picks (163 and 183). If the Bills decline to match Gillislie’s offer, which pick goes to Buffalo?
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    When signing a RFA player, a team has to give up their original pick in the appropriate round, which means the 183rd overall.

  7. The CBA says that in order to sign Gillessee to an offer sheet, the Pats would have to have their original 5th, #175, which they traded for Mingo, or something better. The pk that goes to Buff if they don’t match will be Denver’s 5th, which they got for AJDerby. Still worth it.

  8. Bills organization do you self a favor and match Mike Gillislee’s offer …If the hoodie wants him enough to sign him to an offer sheet he must be pretty good

  9. I think the Bills are going to resign Gillislee…which imo would be the wrong decision. Running backs are a dime a dozen…there’s a very good crop in the draft…so why tie up the cap just before the season starts. It will be a decision that weakens the team for the entire season. Dummies.

  10. New England will make Gillislee into a star. Sad to see him leave Buffalo but the kid deserves a chance at a winning record.

    Watkins has already proven he is an injury-prove, knot-headed diva. He’d have to have a Hall-of-Fame career from this point forward to even come close to making up what the Bills paid for him.

    Best to let Gillislee, and Watkins and Doug Whaley go.

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