What signing RB Mike Gillislee means for the Patriots

The signing will send one of the Patriots' two fifth-round draft picks to the Bills as compensation, No. 163 overall.

This signing probably means the end of the line for LeGarrette Blount in New England as Gillislee's role will undoubtedly be that of the "big back" in the Patriots offense.

The Bills' tender offer for Gillislee was $1.797 million for one year. After backing up LeSean McCoy last season, Gillislee rushed the ball 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gillislee heads to New England joining a host of backfield mates in James White, Dion Lewis and newly added Swiss-Army-Knife-back Rex Burkhead.

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Last season was Gillislee's best in the National Football League since the Miami Dolphins made him a fifth-round choice from Florida in 2013. Last March, the Patriots offered Chris Hogan a contract that Buffalo did not match because of salary-cap concerns. He appeared in five games for the Bills that season, rushing for 267 yards on 47 carries with three touchdowns.

Had the Patriots not been able to acquire Gillislee, the team would have been in the market to draft a running back.

For the second year in a row, another talented young Bills player is headed to the Patriots.

Buffalo signed Mike Tolbert in free agency and used a fifth-round draft pick last season to select Jonathan Williams so they still have a full stable of running backs to work with.

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