Once Stephon Gilmore signed with the Patriots, it didn’t seem like he would be teaming up with Malcolm Butler in the secondary.

Stephon Gilmore is excited to team up with Malcolm Butler. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Stephon Gilmore is excited to team up with Malcolm Butler. (Kevin Hoffman/USA Today Sports)

Once Stephon Gilmore signed with the Patriots, it didn’t seem like he would be teaming up with Malcolm Butler in the secondary.

Butler was unhappy with the move and the team not giving him a long-term contract, and even visited the Saints, but after nothing came about, it appears Butler will in fact remain with the Patriots.

Gilmore is looking forward to playing opposite him next season.

“It’s going to be fun,” Gilmore told reporters Thursday at Gillette Stadium. “I know he’s a talented player but I just try to stay in my lane and handle the things I can handle. It’s a competitive group so I’m looking forward to it.”

Added Gilmore: “He just competes no matter what. He just competes to the end of the play. I mean all the guys do in the secondary so that’s one thing that stuck out to me.”

The Patriots were not connected to Gilmore much before they signed him on the first day of free agency. The cornerback was glad it worked out that way.

“You just never know with that type of stuff,” he said. “I was just sitting back waiting to see who was going to call. I was excited that they called me. I was humbled. I heard a lot of great things so I’m just happy to be here.”

Gilmore has spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Bills and has totaled 226 tackles and 14 interceptions. He’s looking to take his game to the next level now that he’s on the Patriots, and part of the reigning No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL.

“It’s pretty much what I thought,” he said. “[They’re] a close group of guys that play for each other. A lot of people have good relationships with each other on this team so that always makes it better when you’ve got a good relationship with the players you play with. They’re going to help a lot with me coming in and doing whatever I can do.”

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots could actually get a compensation pick for LeGarrette Blount after all.

The Patriots reportedly used a seldom used tender on LeGarrette Blount. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly used a seldom used tender on LeGarrette Blount. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots could actually get a compensation pick for LeGarrette Blount after all.

Signings made beginning Wednesday, May 10 do not count against the comp-pick formula, but because of a move the Patriots made before the deadline if he signs elsewhere by July 22 he could factor into the formula.

According to multiple reports, including the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots extended a rarely used tender to Blount. The running back has no plans to sign it as of now, but this was offered so the Patriots could get a compensatory pick in the 2018 draft for when/if he signs with another team.

Blount can sign with any other team by July 22, but if he doesn’t by then, he can only sign a deal with the Patriots in order to play in 2017.

The tender offered to Blount has a $1.1 million base, including a $110,000 signing bonus, plus the $1 million in bonuses that were also part of his contract in 2016. If Blount were to sign this tender, he would earn just over $2 million in 2017.

This puts Blount in a tough spot as other teams might be hesitant to sign him because he would count towards the comp-pick formula.

New England doesn’t appear at the moment to have room on its roster for him given it already signed Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee this offseason.

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Ryan Hannable
The Patriots reportedly used a seldom used tender on LeGarrette Blount. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly used a seldom used tender on LeGarrette Blount. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots could actually get a compensation pick for LeGarrette Blount after all.

Signings made beginning Wednesday, May 10 do not count against the comp-pick formula, but because of a move the Patriots made before the deadline if he signs elsewhere by July 22 he could factor into the formula.

According to multiple reports, including the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots extended a rarely used tender to Blount. The running back has no plans to sign it as of now, but this was offered so the Patriots could get a compensatory pick in the 2018 draft for when/if he signs with another team.

Blount can sign with any other team by July 22, but if he doesn’t by then, he can only sign a deal with the Patriots in order to play in 2017.

The tender offered to Blount has a $1.1 million base, including a $110,000 signing bonus, plus the $1 million in bonuses that were also part of his contract in 2016. If Blount were to sign this tender, he would earn just over $2 million in 2017.

This puts Blount in a tough spot as other teams might be hesitant to sign him because he would count towards the comp-pick formula.

New England doesn’t appear at the moment to have room on its roster for him given it already signed Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee this offseason.

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Ryan Hannable
LeGarrette Blount will not count towards the comp-pick formula.. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount will not count towards the comp-pick formula.. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

Although pretty small in the grand scheme of things, compensatory picks are actually a big deal to the Patriots.

Just look at their Jamie Collins trade last season where they acquired a 2017 compensation pick for the linebacker wherethey likely would have received a 2018 compensation pick if they kept him the entire season and then he signed with another team as an unrestricted free agent.

Compensation picks are given out based on a complex formula that factors in players lost in free agency. This is relevant now because any signings that take place beginning Wednesday (May 10) do not count towards the formula.

As it relates to the Patriots, whenever LeGarrette Blount and Michael Floyd sign they will not count towards the formula where as Martellus Bennett, Logan Ryan, Jabaal Sheard, Chris Long and Barkevious Mingo, who the Patriots lost in free agency, will all factor into the comp-pick formula.

It would appear likely based on the players lost via free agency, the Patriots will get two 2018 compensatory picks. Also, don’t be surprised to see a few moves made official across the league on Wednesday since it is the first day these players do not count against the comp-pick formula.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots clearly are interested in running backs this offseason.

The Patriots reportedly hosted RB Christine Michael. (Wm. Glasheen/USA Today Network)

The Patriots reportedly hosted RB Christine Michael. (Wm. Glasheen/USA Today Network)

The Patriots clearly are interested in running backs this offseason.

After signing Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee over the last few months, the Patriots hosted free agent running back Christine Michael on Tuesday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The 26-year-old played for both the Packers and Seahawks last season and finished with 148 carries, 583 yards and seven touchdowns. He also added 22 catches for 107 yards. This was his most productive season.

It is rather interesting the Patriots are still interested in running backs given they already have Burkhead, Gillislee, James White, Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden and D.J. Foster. Perhaps it’s just due diligence, as it doesn’t appear the team has room on the roster.

The most likely reason is they are making sure they have options in case one of their current backs were to get injured and they are forced to bring someone in from outside the organization.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots don’t appear to be in need of a center, but if they were don’t expect 33-year-old Nick Mangold to be in the mix.

Nick Mangold is currently a free agent. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Nick Mangold is currently a free agent. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots don’t appear to be in need of a center, but if they were don’t expect 33-year-old Nick Mangold to be in the mix.

Mangold has spent the last 11 seasons with the Jets after being selected in the first round of the 2006 draft. It’s because of facing the Patriots twice a year that the free agent doesn’t believe the Patriots would be interested.

“I’ve got to assume that after years of all the battles that I’ve had with New England, I don’t think Bill [Belichick] is all that fond of me,” Mangold said on Sirius XM NFL, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

The center is a seven-time Pro Bowler and played only eight games last year due to a foot injury.

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Ryan Hannable