New England has secured a new running back, restricted free agent Mike Gillislee, who they acquired when his former team, the Buffalo Bills, declined to match the Patriots' two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet.
Gillislee had a career season in Buffalo last year, and is committed to stepping up his game for the Patriots saying, “everyday is a competition, you can never get comfortable in this league”.
When asked about waiting for Buffalo’s decision to match the Patriots offer sheet, Gillislee was candid.
“I was just worried about where the next step in my journey would be, and it ended up being here…I ended up with the best, being here” Gillislee said, admitting he was excited to play with the championship-calibre Patriots.
Gillislee said he was contacted by the Patriots after having an breakthrough season in Buffalo last year where he rushed for 577 yards, scoring 8 touchdowns, converting 39 first-downs and averaging 5.7 yards per carry across 15 games.
“Waiting to all out was the hardest part” the 26-year-old running back admitted.
The last-minute move from the Buffalo Bills, who went 7-9 to finish 3rd in the AFC East, to the 14-2 Superbowl Champion New England Patriots is a dream come true for any player, and Gillislee is committed to make the most out of his new deal in Massachusetts.
Source: Mike Petraglia - WEEI · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS