The Buffalo Bills recently lost wide receiver Chris Hogan to the New England Patriots. Buffalo had tendered an offer to Hogan but the Patriots were able to sign him to an offer sheet that pays Hogan $12 million over the next three seasons with the Patriots. Bills GM Doug Whaley was asked why the Bills didn't match Hogan's offer. Here's what Whaley said at the NFL owners meetings per Tom Curran of CNNSE.com:
“Strictly finances,” Whaley admitted. “For what we dedicated last year to offense and what we needed to do defensively, you can’t pay everybody.”
Buffalo released or lost several contributors in free agency due to their cap situation. Hogan's cap hit of $5.5M in 2016 alone made it difficult to see a scenario where the Bills could have matched New England's offer. That said, Whaley believes that the Patriots are gaining an asset.
“It was (difficult to let him go),” said Whaley. “He’s done a great job, not only on the field as a third and fourth wide receiver (and) special teams, (but also) what he’s brought to the community. He’s a great asset to the Patriots. We’re sorry we’re gonna lose him. And add the fact that we’re gonna have to deal with him with the other end of that being [Tom] Brady, it’s a tough matchup because he’s a talented person.”
Despite the Patriots having no shortage of offensive weapons, Hogan will certainly be utilized more on the offensive side of the ball with the Patriots.