REPORT: Patriots offer RFA Gillislee two-year deal

April 18, 2017 - 10:18 am

Derek Kramer reporting


The New England Patriots are looking to poach the Buffalo Bills once again. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Bills restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee has been extended an offer sheet by the Patriots. The deal is for two years and worth $6.4 million, including $4 million in the first year. 

The Bills have five days to decide whether to match the offer sheet, or let Gillislee walk. The Bills would get a fifth round selection from New England due to Buffalo's original round tender.

By loading money into the first year, New England could be looking to put the Bills into a predicament in the salary cap. Buffalo has around $10.8 million in cap space, which included their RFA tender for Gillislee. An entire rookie class would need about $6 million to be signed, which would leave Buffalo in a tough spot in the event they match the Gillislee offer sheet. 

If Gillislee walks, this would be the second straight season that New England signed a restricted free agent away from Buffalo. The Patriots signed wide receiver Chris Hogan away from the Bills last season.

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