The New England Patriots officially announced that they have signed WR Chris Hogan to a contract on Friday.
- Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots front-loaded $5.5M of their offer sheet to Hogan to make it a challenge for the Bills to match, given their cap situation.
Buffalo will not receive any compensation for Hogan.
The Bills used a low-round tender on Hogan that would have paid him a salary of $1,671,000 for the 2016 season. However, it left the possibility open that someone like the Patriots could step in and sign him to a front-loaded offer sheet.
Hogan, 27, wound up signing on with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of back in 2011. He had brief stints with the Giants and Dolphins before signing on with the Bills during the 2012 season.
Buffalo elected to bring Hogan back on exclusive rights deals in each of the past two years.
In 2015, Hogan appeared in all 16 games for the Bills and recorded 36 receptions for 450 yards receiving and two touchdowns.