Mike Gillislee, the team’s super-efficient backup running back to LeSean McCoy, was in Foxborough on a visit with Bill Belichick and Co., according to Ian Rapoport:
Because they placed a fifth-round tender on Mike Gillislee, the Buffalo Bills own the rights to the veteran running back at $1.79 million in 2017. The Patriots can extend an offer sheet his way. If they do, the Bills will have time to match the deal. If that happens, Gillislee will be in Buffalo for 2017 (and likely beyond).
When Rapoport originally reported the news of the Bills placing an original-round tender on Gillislee in early March, he added that the two sides will “try to work out an extension,” but we haven’t heard anything on that front since then.
The Patriots pried Chris Hogan away from Buffalo in restricted free agency a year ago when they signed him to a 3-year, $12 million offer sheet the Bills decided not to match.
Gillislee led the NFL with 5.7 yards per carry in 2016 on 101 carries. He scored eight touchdowns.
In 20 games with the Bills, the former Florida Gator has accumulated 844 yards on 148 carries (5.7 yards per rush) with 11 scores on the ground. He’ll be 27 in November.
Update: Gillislee wasn’t the only RFA running back visiting New England yesterday. Per ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots also had Damien Williams of the Dolphins in for a visit. Williams is also on a low tender, but unlike Gillislee he went undrafted in 2014, which means that the Pats wouldn’t have to give up a compensatory pick if they signed him.