The New England Patriots recently hosted Buffalo Bills restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee on a visit, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.
If New England opts to sign Gillislee to an offer sheet and the Bills don’t match the offer, the Patriots would send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. Last year, the Patriots signed Chris Hogan away from the Bills as a restricted free agent, but the team did not have to give Buffalo any compensation.
The Patriots have until April 21 to sign Gillislee to an offer sheet.
New England signed Rex Burkhead in free agency, but continue to show interest in adding additional running backs. The Patriots have met with Adrian Peterson and are supposedly interested in re-signing LeGarrette Blount.
Gillislee, 26, is coming off of a season in which he rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries (5.7 YPC) as LeSean McCoy’s complement. He added 50 yards and one touchdown receiving.
While the Patriots interest in Gillislee may be genuine, hosting him, as well as Peterson, could also be a way to get Blount to re-sign at a lower price.