Mike Gillislee officially signed the Patriots’ two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet on Tuesday.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots have extended Bills restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet that would pay him $4 million in year one of the agreement.
- According to Jeff Howe, the Bills haven’t informed Gillislee of their final decision yet, but they indicated that they don’t believe they’ll match the Patriots’ offer sheet.
The Bills now have five days to decide whether to match the Patriots’ offer sheet to Gillislee.
Buffalo placed an original-round tender on Gillislee a few days before the start of free agency.
The original-round tender would have cost the Bills around $1.797 million for the 2017 season and gives them the right of first refusal for any offer sheet he receives from another team during free agency.
Should they lose Gillislee to the Patriots, the Bills would collect a fifth-round pick.
Gillislee, 26, was a fifth-round pick of the Dolphins in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent just over two years in Miami before he was among their roster cuts at the start of the regular season.
After a brief stint with the Cardinals, the Bills signed him to their practice squad during the 2015 season and brought him back on a one-year deal.
In 2016, Gillislee appeared in 15 games and rushed for 577 yards on 101 carries (5.7 YPC) to go along with nine receptions for 50 yards receiving and nine total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 running back out of 62 qualifying players.