The Patriots are attempting to poach their second Bills restricted free agent in as many years.
After nabbing wide receiver Chris Hogan from Buffalo last season, New England offered Bills restricted free-agent running back Mike Gillislee an offer sheet worth$6.4 million over two years, with $4 million due in the first year, according to NFL.com.
Should Buffalo decide not to match the offer,New England would lose afifth-round draft pick as compensation.
Last season, Gillislee was electric in relief of LeSean McCoy. The 26-year-old rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns on just 101 carries. He likely would be the early-down back with the Patriots.
The Patriots andLeGarrette Blount have failed to reach an agreement so far this offseason, so New England apparently has moved on toalternatives.
According to the Boston Herald, the Bills still have not informed Gillislee of their decision on whether to match the offer but earlyindications are they won't.
Should Gillislee sign and join the Patriots, there seemingly would be no roster spot available forBlount.