NFL Rumors: Bills Still Undecided on Sammy Watkins Option, Mike Gillislee's Offer Sheet
The Buffalo Bills are faced with two crucial situations, including one that needs to be addressed immediately this week. The Bills must decide whether they will exercise their option on wide receiver Sammy Watkins for the 2018 season.
The Bills must also determine if they will match the offer sheet that restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee signed with the New England Patriots. Gillislee signed the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet, which includes $4 million in 2017.
According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, the Bills have a couple more days to decide whether to match the offer sheet. Head coach Sean McDermott said the Bills are still going through the process of deciding what to do.
"Mike's a good player," coach Sean McDermott said on the team's official website. "We're in the process of evaluating the offer sheet and we'll have a decision in a few days."
The Boston Herald reported that the Bills won't match the offer. If this happens, the Patriots will surrender their fifth-round pick in next week's Draft to the Bills.
Gillislee is LeSean McCoy's primary backup with the Bills. He tallied 101 carries for 577 yards and eight touchdowns for the Bills last season, averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
McDermott also said that the Bills are continuing to evaluate Watkins' contract situation. The Bills need to decide by May 3 whether to exercise their 2018 option on the oft-injured wide receiver.
"Sammy is a good player," McDermott said. "He's in a good spot. He's attacking the rehab. We have to continue to evaluate."
According to Sal Capaccio of WGR 550, picking up the fifth-year option in Watkins' rookie deal will cost the Bills around $13 million in cap space for the 2018 season.
Watkins has missed 11 games the past two seasons, including eight last year after breaking a bone in his foot. He is currently recovering from a second surgery he underwent in January to repair that foot.
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