The Bills have elected to not match the three-year, $12 million offer sheet that Chris Hogan signed with the New England Patriots , ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Hogan, who caught 36 passes for 450 yards and two TDs for the Bills in 2015, adds some needed depth and size (he's a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder) to the Patriots' receiving corps, which recently bid adieu to 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brandon LaFell. The unit is currently headed by Julian Edelman, though given that Danny Amendola is due $5 million in base salary this season, it's unclear how solid his roster spot is. In any case, Hogan looks like a nice fit in the New England offense, with his fantasy prospects in 2016 boosted by the fact that he's destined to see his share of snaps and targets in a Tom Brady-helmed offense.
The Patriots are expected to sign Chris Hogan , who is a restricted free agent, to a three-year offer sheet that could be worth up to $12 million.
In such a scenario, the Buffalo Bills would have five days to match the Patriots' offer, but such an outcome seems unlikely at first glance, given that Buffalo has limited salary cap space with which to work. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Hogan, who caught 36 passes for 450 yards and two TDs for the Bills in 2015, would provide a needed boost in terms of depth and size to a New England receiving corps -- currently headed by Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola -- that recently bid adieu to 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brandon LaFell.
Chris Hogan , a tendered restricted free agent, is drawing interest from the Patriots, The Buffalo News reports.
Teams signing tendered free agents from other teams is a pretty rare occurrence, but Hogan could be a decent target. He's an undrafted player, meaning he wouldn't cost the Patriots anything if the Buffalo Bills chose not to match an offer. Plus the Pats are in a much better cap position than the Bills. It's also worth noting Hogan - who's more of a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver - had his best game of 2015 against New England on a day when he caught six balls for 95 yards and was open several times more than that. At worst, the Patriots could force a division rival to spend a little extra money than the low tender Hogan has received.
While the Bills are still looking for a threat to pair up with Sammy Watkins, they apparently like the versatility and blocking Hogan has provided the last few seasons and he'll likely be brought back for another campaign. He projects as a solid No. 3 or No. 4 and not a starter, however. And remember this is an offense that prefers to run.
Chris Hogan caught just one pass on three targets for two yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Hogan finishes the 2015 season with a career-high 450 yards, but he saw the end zone just twice, not really acceptable for a guy with good hands and a decent frame. In fact, Hogan went through some drops issues during the season and never really seemed to gain a rapport with Tyrod Taylor. In fact, he received his most targets by far in a game quarterbacked by EJ Manuel. Hogan is a good blocker and the team seems to like him, so he might be brought back next season. However, a fourth or fifth wideout role seems to be where he's most valuable, with the Buffalo Bills or anyone else.
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