Give it to the Patriots, they continue to find creative ways to better themselves, including raiding a fellow AFC East foe for running back help. This, as the Bills have chosen not to match the New England offer sheet they gave last week for former UF tailback Mike Gillislee.
The Bills confirmed they were declining to match the deal here:
We will not match the contract tendered to RB Mike Gillislee, and acquire a 2017 5th round draft pick.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 24, 2017
As the tweet states, the Bills are essentially trading him within the division to the Patriots and getting a fifth round pick in the upcoming draft.
As for Gillislee, he’s a former fifth round pick himself by the Dolphins in 2013 after having had a 1,000 yard season for the Gators in his senior year of 2012. Gillislee had become the first Gator to eclipse that mark since the 2004 season.
He was seldom used by the Dolphins and was released on the final cuts in 2015, signed to the Cardinals practice squad but later released again.
The Bills brought him in and he actually developed into a solid back up running back replacing an injured LeSean McCoy during part of the 2016 season. He rushed for 577 yards on 101 carries for a 5.7 average and had the highest yard per carry average in the NFL of any back with at least 100 carries a year ago.
The Pats had given Gillislee a huge raise to over $3 million per year over the next two years and again, the Bills with a new coaching staff under Sean McDermott valued the draft pick more.
As for Gillislee, after having been released twice two years ago and now having the Super Bowl champs in two of the last three years not only covet you, but give you 10 times more money to come play for them, it’s a GREAT Monday.