A person with direct knowledge of the move confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Gillislee signed New England's two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet. It's created to be hard to match, but it won't be impossible. General manager Doug Whaley has five days to match the Patriots' offer. If they decline, the Patriots will keep Gillislee and surrender a fifth-round pick to the Bills in next week's draft. Gillislee has showed explosion and power as a change-of-pace back.
If Gillislee signs, it likely means the Patriots would be set at the running back position and LeGarrette Blount would be out of the picture. Last year, New England successfully signed wide receiver Chris Hogan without giving up any compensation to the Bills.
Last season, Gillislee was electric in relief of LeSean McCoy.
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Hogan had 17 receptions for 332 yards in the playoffs and caught two touchdown passes in the Patriots' 36-17 AFC Championship Game victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition, the Bills would also gain just a shade over $1.2 million in cap space which - given their situation - would be a welcomed addition if they had to walk away.
Based on figures provided by Yates, Buffalo could have used a second-round tender for less than $1 million more ($2.746 million).
One of the key pieces of the Buffalo Bills' top-ranked rushing offense last season could be headed out the door, and if he does, it would be déjà vu for Buffalo.