Mike Gillislee Officially Joins Patriots After Bills Decline To Match Offer Sheet

In order to acquire Gillislee, the Patriots had to send their fifth round selection in this year's draft to Buffalo.

The team announced the decision Monday, making official the offer sheet Gillislee signed.

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".

With the Buffalo Bills opting not to match the two-year, $6.0 million offer, Gillislee will now join the Patriots.

The Bills now have a total of seven picks in the draft, including three in the fifth round.

Gillislee's acquisition likely means the end of the road for LeGarrette Blount in Foxborough.

The Patriots also signed running back Rex Burkhead, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, in March.

Considering Blount led the National Football League in rushing touchdowns (18) and finished second in carries (299) last season, Gillislee's fantasy arrow is screaming upwards. He appeared in only three games over two years for the Dolphins and was cut in September of 2015. Gillislee, 26, averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season, accumulating 577 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries. The Patriots also have running backs James White, D.J. Foster and Brandon Bolden under contract. A foot injury sidelined Williams in his final season at Arkansas, but in 2014 he rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns while forcing 44 missed tackles.

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