Patriots cooking up three-year, $12 million offer sheet for Chris Hogan

AP

The Patriots want to make it hard for the Bills to keep Chris Hogan.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots are expected to give the restricted free agent wide receiver a “heavily guaranteed” three-year, $12 million offer sheet.

The Bills would have five days to match from whenever the offer sheet was executed, and if they don’t match, they’d get no compensation since Hogan was undrafted and they used the low RFA tender ($1.67 million) on him.

Hogan has all the kind of, ahem, lunch-pail qualities the Patriots seem to like in their wideouts. He’s also a former lacrosse player and has the ability to be an emergency punter, so he check off all the Bill Belichick fetish boxes. If he had gone to Rutgers, he’d have probably been a Patriot long ago.

The Bills are also one of the teams with the least room under the salary cap at the moment, which may make matching difficult, even if it means losing a valuable part to a division rival.

54 responses to “Patriots cooking up three-year, $12 million offer sheet for Chris Hogan

  1. Its really going to suck when he turns into a dynamite player for the Patriots.

    I liked him as a Bill. We needed WR help and losing Hogan instead of Robert Woods hurt us,

  2. “Valuable part?” HUH?!!! I am actually surprised the Bills even tendered him. He dropped a couple really key passes last year. 3yr/$12mill?!!! I just double checked the calendar and it’s not April 1st…..

  3. Dear Buffalo Bills,

    Please match the offer the Pats made for Hogan. Whatever they say he is worth, he is worth it. And we will all regret if he becomes a Patriot.

    Sincerely,

    The Miami Dolphins

  4. It’s just painful reading anything Patriots-related from Gantt…dude is obviously still so butt hurt from the Pats win over Carolina in the SB.

  5. Belichick displaying his genius once again. He realizes Brady’s arm will be even weaker next season so they need another elusive possession receiver who can gain YACs. Expect to see even more dink and dunks from our offense as Brady’s arm deteriorates with age.

  6. Bills still suck, enjoy watching Brady make him a 1000 yd receiver.

  7. I like Hogan, he can contribute…but that’s a lot for what he is.
    For BB, this is insurance…he knows Edelman won’t last forever getting pounded in the slot game after game.

  8. Fans crack me up. They have absolutely no clue about any of this stuff, but someone told them its a bad deal, etc, so all of a sudden its a bad deal.

    How quickly everyone forgets that trading for Wes Welker and giving him all that money was “one of the dumbest moves in NFL history”, right up until the point that it became one of the greatest moves in NFL history. Welker, like Hogan, was a 4th-5th option on the team. But its all in how you use them. Everyone loves to ridicule New England’s “dink and dunk offense”, but yet its really difficult to stop. Why the rest of the league hasn’t caught on that 7 yard completions over and over and over are going to score a lot of points.

    Is Hogan Wes Welker? Doubtful, Wes Welker was something special. But the idea that 3/$12mil is a stupid contract seems more like wishful thinking to me. Lets let it play out. We are about to hear all of the “Hogan was awesome” Bills fans become the “Hogan wasn’t that important and wasn’t really that good cuz he dropped that one key pass that one time” Bills fans.

  9. anyone that follows anything related to the bills is laughing at this one. this dude drops more balls at key times than you can imagine last year. i thought he would be cut at some point. he was our number 3 receiver AT BEST (depending on injuries); Watkins, woods, salas/Hogan. no idea why the pats are negotiating against themselves on this one.

  10. Kind of odd, i dont think its a big loss for the Bills, BUT it will be a huge pick up for Pats…75 catches

  11. I’d be surprised if he didn’t sign with the Pats – he himself seemed psyched-up that BB liked his punting skills! And its a good contract with a perennial postseason team. But here’s hoping that once Wrecks has worn put his welcome that the Bills can finally become a top team again.

  12. Can anyone tell me if Chris Hogan has been nicknamed after some kind of convenient store? I feel like I’ve maybe faintly heard a rumor of it in the past 48 hours but I’m not sure.

    It’s hard to predict who’ll succeed in the Patriots offense when it comes to free agents. I’d honestly be a little relieved if the Bills somehow matched the offer though.

  13. eroschmidt says:
    Mar 11, 2016 9:32 AM

    “Valuable part?” HUH?!!! I am actually surprised the Bills even tendered him. He dropped a couple really key passes last year. 3yr/$12mill?!!! I just double checked the calendar and it’s not April 1st…..
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    That could have something to do with the torn/injured tendons in his wrist. I always found chris to be an easy player to root for, training camp bubble guy who made them team through hard work. The exact opposite of Mario Williams. I have a feeling he’ll excel with one of the GOAT Qb’s throwing him the ball. Gonna be tough to root against him.

  14. Shady suspended for 4, get used to passes from Garapolo.

    How many white white wr’s can the deflatriots field at one time?

  15. Its really going to suck when he turns into a dynamite player for the Patriots.
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    You mean like Scott Chandler, Donald Jones and Sam Aiken? Nobody fears Chris Hogan.

  16. Maybe if the Pattiots could also sign Schultz and Colonel Clink they might be on to something?

  17. “If he had gone to Rutgers, he’d have probably been a Patriot long ago.”

    Legitimately laughed at my desk, too true.

  18. Just because this was a Patriots move does not mean that it’s guaranteed to work out. Hogan is a nice player, and is probably worth more to the Patriots than Bills and will likely put up better numbers there (as every receiver does with Brady). But just because he’s a white receiver doesn’t mean that since he’s going to New England he’s automatically “the next Wes Welker.” Amendola was supposed to be that, and while he’s been okay, he’s still been a bit disappointing. I remember last year when the same people who are ripping the Bills now we’re doing it when Scott Chandler signed with the Patriots. As that showed, simply because the Patriots sign you does not mean you’re destined for stardom or that you will even make an impact.

  19. .
    1. Hogan had 6 catches for 96 yards vs the Patriots last November.

    2. When Edelman went down, the Patriots lack of depth was painfully exposed.

    3. Belichick offer prefers signing WRs with a few years experience over untested rookies who can struggle with the scheme.

    4. The 3yr / 12 million is not out of line in today’s market. Mohamed Sanu got 5yrs / 32.5 million with 14 million guaranteed in the first two years.
    .

  20. This is funny, the guy is average. They could’ve just bid a little over the tender and they would of had him but overpaid for no reason. But on the other hand if someone like Edelman (minimal physical talent) can have success in the pats system anyone probably can.

  21. bchap17 says:
    Mar 11, 2016 10:14 AM
    Its really going to suck when he turns into a dynamite player for the Patriots.
    —————————————–

    You mean like Scott Chandler, Donald Jones and Sam Aiken? Nobody fears Chris Hogan.

    —————

    And nobody fears Rex Ryan or the Buffalo Bills

  22. Is Hogan Wes Welker? Doubtful, Wes Welker was something special. But the idea that 3/$12mil is a stupid contract seems more like wishful thinking to me. Lets let it play out. We are about to hear all of the “Hogan was awesome” Bills fans become the “Hogan wasn’t that important and wasn’t really that good cuz he dropped that one key pass that one time” Bills fans.

    it must not be too hard to troll because you just trolled: level expert. No Bills fans called him “awesome”. A nice player, but nothing more than a very good number 4, perhaps a solid number 3. THAT’S IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! but you have it all figured out. You are a Pats fan so by default that must make you a bigger fan and a smarter fan, amirite???????
    So let me tell you something Chachi!!!!!

    I do not want to lose Hogan, but for 12 Million, you can have him. He has not proven himself to be worth more than the 1.67 that he was tendered. SUre he could go to NE and catch 67 passes and seem all world and you will come on here thumping your chest like a super star football fan that you think you are, but when will you realize, it was all because of one person: TB#12. nothing else. Let Hogan go to NE, you can over pay him, he will churn out stats and you will feel smart, to justify all your other shortcomings.

    The only thing giving Hogan this much money does is inflate the salary for the average wr. Maybe NE should focus on drafting a wr that is a real talent, not one of these guys that only looks good because of BRady.

    you’ve been served, thanks and please try again

  23. Plays well for the Pats in the first year, restructures that contract for the 3 more at less of an annual salary. If he does pan out, he goes the way of Scott Chandler.

  24. The Patriots have a horrible record with free agents especially WRs and RBs. Dillion, Welker and Moss are the exceptions but when you look at Kelley Washington, Ochocinco, Joey Galloway, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Gonzalez, Fred Taylor, Torry Holt these guys never work out in Belichick’s system. I don’t even want to go into the free agent defensive busts they have had. *cough*Adalius Thomas*cough* . I don’t see Chris Hogan becoming more than a utility player that will be a cap casualty in two years.

  25. “Hogan has all the kind of, ahem, lunch-pail qualities the Patriots seem to like in their wideouts.”
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    WAIT…. you suggesting that the Pats favor white WRs???? Thank you for having the courage to say so.

  26. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 11, 2016 9:41 AM

    Belichick displaying his genius once again. He realizes Brady’s arm will be even weaker next season so they need another elusive possession receiver who can gain YACs. Expect to see even more dink and dunks from our offense as Brady’s arm deteriorates with age.
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    You bozos that keep harping on Brady’s arm strength are hilarious.

    If the team I root for, or in your case, the one you don’t root for, had a quarterback that was always in the playoffs, often in the AFCCG, and had been in the Super Bowl six times, he could throw how ever he wanted.

  27. It amazes me how you guys are excited about a guy with out having a clue who he is. Dude isn’t quick, shifty or fast. Hogan is an average speed guy who does well running intermediate routes against zone. This isn’t a rub route. Dont get wrong he has lots of value but 12 mil for a guy who got 36 catches last year(at times he was the #2 wr too) is vast overpay even if he becomes the best gunner on your team. Whaley chuckled at that offer sheet I’m sure.

  28. Pats need somebody to take the top of the defense not another smurf possession WR

    _____

    6’1″ and 220 lbs is a smurf?

  29. He fits their system. He might be better in NE than anywhere else. When Edelman and Gronk were out last year the offense really struggled. Edelman/Gronk both play a style that is prone to get injured. If that happens again, this allows then to maintain some sort of continuity on offense.

    It makes sense for them. So they over paid to make sure they got him.

    Why is this so difficult for people to understand?

  30. I just wish BB would get Brady proven elite receivers… for once. I think that’s a lot of money to pay this guy.

  31. “Seems like a lot of $ to splash when you only had to compete against $1.67 per year????”

    Firstly, the Bills get a chance to match any offer. Remember a few years ago when we had the chance to get Emmanuel Sanders in a very similar situation? Then, the Patriots’ offer sheet was low enough for the Steelers’ to play around with the cap for a few days and find a way to beat their offer. Therefore, the Patriots COULD offer the minimum, but the lower the offer the more opportunity for the Bills to find a way to beat the number.

    With that in mind, the offer will have a front-loaded cap hit. The Bills are currently having cap trouble, and the first year cap hit for this contract is right around what the Bills currently have available in cap space.

    After losing out on the first couple of WRs they targeted this offseason, it makes sense to extend themselves a little bit to ensure they get their guy this time.

  32. Don’t know much about the kid but I trust the Patriots to not overpay & reach for a player they don’t feel comfortable about & see how to best use him…..
    Yrs, the Pats DO need a true #1 deep threat wide receiver to keep defenses off guard & honest but there just isn’t one out there unless MAYBE they look at a Gregg Jennings that’s old…. But w/Brady he may revive his career…. Not a Mike Wallace fan & I’m sure he’d want big bucks anyways….. Would be nice if Megatron came out of retirement & the Pats could swing a deal w/Detroit that still hold his rights should he decide to come back…. Ahhhh it’s nice to dream!!!!!

  33. “The Patriots have a horrible record with free agents especially WRs and RBs. Dillion, Welker and Moss are the exceptions but when you look at Kelley Washington, Ochocinco, Joey Galloway, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Gonzalez, Fred Taylor, Torry Holt these guys never work out in Belichick’s system.”

    Kelley Washington – Really? I had to google this guy. Dude was a special teamer and nothing more. Before joining the Pats, he had 893 yards and 9 touchdowns in 4 seasons.

    Jabar Gaffney – His production was, more or less, the same in NE as it was elsewhere.

    Anthony Gonzalez – another guy I had to google. Did he play a single game for the Pats? Because I can’t find one…

    Ochocinco, Joey Galloway, Fred Taylor, Torry Holt – all guys signed at the end of their career. Correct me if i’m wrong, but Holt and Galloway didn’t even make it out of camp? Right? I look a these as John Lynch (who also was released before the end of camp) type of signings.

    Hogan is a different story. He’s a young guy with a skill set and body size that they value. They have experience with him being part of their division, and apparently have an extensive scouting report on him (former lacrosse play, can double as a left footed punter etc.).

    The comparison is more in line with Welker… Just because you conveniently disregarded it at the beginning of your comment doesn’t make the comparison bunk. It’s still extremely valid. He very likely won’t become what Welker did (the best slot receiver of his generation), but it’s unfair to lump him in with Ochocinco and Joey Galloway…

  34. A deep threat receiver will be wasted in our system unless you start Jimmy G. We are better off signing possession receiver as long as Brady is the starter. As long as Gronk is on the field drawing double and triple teaming, a receiver should be able to catch the 5-7 yards passses and move the sticks or gain significant YACs.

    This is not a knock on Brady, he still has great football mind and knows the system but there is no question his arm is not what it once was.

  35. $4M a year? You can have him. I don’t doubt that he can be a solid contributor, but if the Bills signed him for anything approaching that money I’d be furious.

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Mar 11, 2016 1:15 PM
    A deep threat receiver will be wasted in our system unless you start Jimmy G. We are better off signing possession receiver as long as Brady is the starter. As long as Gronk is on the field drawing double and triple teaming, a receiver should be able to catch the 5-7 yards passses and move the sticks or gain significant YACs.

    This is not a knock on Brady, he still has great football mind and knows the system but there is no question his arm is not what it once was.
    =======================================
    Brady is great in the 25-yard range and that is beyond possession receiver, which are 5 to 15.

  37. He is not very good.

    Insane contract.

    Sure he will have better stats but who wouldn’t with Brady throwing him the ball.

    I am actually glad it opens up more cap room.

  38. patsfan4lifesbchamps

    Hogan is not a deep threat receiver. He is kind of slow really.

    He also isn’t super shifty like Edelemen.

    I don’t want to say he completely sucks. He does run good routes and gets open on occasion. Not great hands though. Decent size.

  39. pastabelly, your statement “Brady is great in the 25-yard range” Once upon a time that was true, now average at that range. Don’t let your memory delude the present. Brady makes his bones, for the most part, with smart pre-snap decisions that result in quick throws 5-10 yards from the line of scrimmage. Gronk is the exception, much like Moss was, they catch anything close. The film doesn’t lie.

  40. Valuable part? Before Harvin and Goodwin were hurt, he was WR #5. Keep him at 4$ mil. How’d that Scott Chandler thing work out? We didn’t miss him, and could have him back but don’t want him.

  41. In my recollection, Brady was NEVER good at the deep ball. He completed the occasional deep bomb but not reliably, even with Moss on the receiving end. I can remember specific deep passes to Moss and Branch, but they don’t add up to a high percentage.

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