It’s weird to be a fan of both the Patriots and the Bills, but it seems that Bill Belichick might be both.
For the second straight year, the Pats have extended an offer sheet to a restricted free agent from Buffalo, with the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting Tuesday that New England had extended a two-year, $6.4 million offer to running back Mike Gillislee. The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported shortly after that Gillislee had agreed to the terms.
That leaves Buffalo five days to either match the contract or let the player leave, the latter of which they did last season when the Patriots signed receiver Chris Hogan to an offer sheet.
The Bills gave Gillislee an original-round tender this offseason, meaning that if he were to leave for another team, they would receive a fifth-round pick. Interestingly enough, they could have given the player a second-round tender for roughly $700,000 more, but chose not to.
The 26-year-old Florida product stands at 5-foot-11 and 219 pounds. A fifth-round pick by the Dolphins in 2013, Gillislee played in only three games for the Dolphins before being released and joining the Cardinals practice squad in 2015. He then went to Buffalo, where he was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster in December of 2015.
Last season, Gillislee ran for 577 yards with eight touchdowns on 101 carries, all of which were career highs.
A potential Gillislee signing might make a LeGarrette Blount return less likely. The Pats also signed Rex Burkhead this offseason to add to a group of running backs that also includes Dion Lewis, James White, D.J. Foster and Brandon Bolden.
David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end.
On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots.
The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career.
Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011.
When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.
He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade.
Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.
Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England?
It's 23 seconds into the video below:
Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."
Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December.
Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.