This is the second consecutive offseason New England has attempted to sign one of the Bills' restricted free agents.
With the move of signing restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee on Monday, it seems the Patriots no longer have a spot for LeGarrette Blount.
The Patriots are set to pay Gillislee $4 million in 2017, with the two-year deal being worth 6.4 million, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. And for all that production, the Bills only offered Gillislee a $1.79 million tender.
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This season, the Bills have several directions in which they can attempt to replace Gillislee's 2016 production (577 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries). However, it also appears they will part ways with Blount after his most productive season as a Patriot.
Last October, Patriots coach Bill Belichick described Gillislee as "a strong downhill runner, one-cut guy that's hard to tackle, [a] good complementary player to McCoy".
Gillislee has been a valuable backup in his past two seasons in Buffalo. Super Bowl hero James White and Dion Lewis will continue with their passing-down work, though it would not be a surprise if the latter ends up getting cut during training camp.