The Patriots have signed Buffalo Bills restricted free agent WR Chris Hogan to a 3 year $12 million dollar offer sheet with a $5.5 million dollar cap hit this year to lessen the chance the Bills will match. The Bills are tight against the cap space and will have a little breathing room if they let Hogan walk. The Bills have 5 days to match or Hogan becomes a Patriot, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Bills have $4.5 million right now in cap space.
Hogan signed as an undrafted free agent to the 49ers in 2011. He has spent the last four seasons with the Bills.
Hogan was on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” with the Miami Dolphins in 2012 when Reggie Bush nicknamed him “7-11” because he was always open.
Hogan is 6’1, and 27 years old. He caught 6 passes for 95 yards against the Patriots last season on Monday Night Football. He plays inside and outside with really good hands and of course, is always open. He’s a solid player a team like the Patriots could turn into a great piece. He makes a ton of sense for the Patriots.
He caught 36 passes for 450 yards and 2 touchdowns this past season.
He played in 48 games for the Bills, catching 87 passes for 959 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The few games I was able to watch of the Bills last year, Hogan stood out to me, so we will see if playing for a QB like Tom Brady will help him reach his full potential because the talent is there.
In other Patriots free agency news, the Patriots signed former Saints LB Ramon Humber to a one year deal, according to several reports. He’s a very good special teams player and will add depth to a thin linebacker core. He’s been in the league for 8 years.
You can check out the contract numbers for James Develin and Humber right HERE.
Tom Brady’s contract extension with the Patriots is officially done and the numbers have been made public. Brady will make $41 million over the next two years with a $28 million signing bonus.
Sad news to report as former Patriots DL Gary Jeter died at the age of 61 Thursday, according to reports. Read all about Jeter and his 13 year career HERE.