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Report: Patriots give Bills' Gillislee $6.4-million offer sheet

The New England Patriots appear serious about yanking a second restricted free agent away from the Buffalo Bills in as many years.

The Patriots have given running back Mike Gillislee an offer sheet for a two-year contract worth $6.4 million, with $4 million in the first year, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

The Bills have five days to match in order to retain Gillislee. If they don't, the Patriots would have to compensate them with a fifth-round draft pick, because the Bills gave Gillislee an original-round tender.

Last year, the Patriots gave a similarly structured offer sheet to restricted free-agent wide receiver Chris Hogan, and the Bills declined to match.

In 20 games (including two starts) since joining the Bills in 2015, Gillislee had 148 carries for 844 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 15 receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Last season, Gillislee played in 15 games (with one start). He carried 101 times for a career-best 577 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 50 yards and one score.

As a rookie in 2013, Gillislee played in three games with the Miami Dolphins, carrying six times for 21 yards.

If the Bills allow Gillislee to join the Patriots, they will be left with four running backs (LeSean McCoy, Jonathan Williams, Joe Banyard, and Cedric O'Neal) and two fullbacks (Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert).

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