Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots appear to be zeroing in on yet another ball-carrier.
Perhaps attempting to structure their offer in a manner that could leave Buffalo hesitant to match, the contract reportedly includes $4 million in the first season.
Buffalo will have five days to match any deal Gillislee signs in New England. Because the club opted for an original-round tender at the beginning of the offseason, declining to do so would land a fifth-round pick from the Patriots as compensation.
Gillislee’s success in rotation over last two seasons – running for 5.7 yards per carry and 11 touchdowns – makes him an intriguing option for early-down work in a crowded Patriots backfield.
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