Mike Gillislee

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots have signed restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee to an offer sheet.

The deal is worth $6.4 million over two years, with $4 million in the first year.

If the Bills don’t match, the Patriots would owe them a fifth-round pick for the running back, who had 101 carries for 577 yards and eight touchdowns last year.

The Patriots also lured Chris Hogan away from Buffalo as an RFA a year ago, and spent big money to bring cornerback Stephon Gilmore as an unrestricted free agent.

Many Bills fans will clamor for GM Doug Whaley to rush and match that offer, here is why he shouldn’t…

Draft

As stated many times on MFST. This is the deepest running back class in the last decade. You will be able to find a starting caliber back early on Day 3. If you want to know what backs will be available at that time, check out this piece: Top 5 RB’s you can take on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

A fifth-round pick is solid compensation for this move—giving the Bills more flexibility during the NFL Draft.

Cost

The offer sheet to Gillislee isn’t astounding by any means. But at the same time, if the Bills were to draft a running back in the 3rd round the total cost of that deal would be $3.6 million over four years. That’s LESS than one million per season and a bargain if you look at Mike’s first year of the contract would give him $4 million alone.

Add in the fact that if a 3rd round pick were used on a running back, whoever they choose would be an upgrade over Gillislee.

The Bills need to make smart choices and sadly, I think the decision not to match Hogan’s contract last year will play a part in whatever happens this year (at least with fans). Gillislee is not Chris Hogan and will never be a “work-horse back” in the NFL—so why spend unnecessary money and cap space on him.

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