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Report: Bills do not apply franchise tag to linebacker Jerry Hughes
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(3/2/15) The Bills reportedly chose not to apply their franchise tag to linebacker Jerry Hughes Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Buffalo has been working on signing Hughes to a new, long term deal for the past month. The veteran linebacker racked up 10 sacks and totaled 54 tackles in all 16 games in 2014 for the Bills.
Bills working on new deal for DE Jerry Hughes
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(2/20/15) The Bills announced they've continued to engage in negotiations for a new contract with defensive end Jerry Hughes.
“We’ve sent a proposal over to his representatives. His representatives have sent a counterproposal," Bills general manager Doug Whaley said through the team's website.
Hughes, set to be a free agent when the new league year begins, has been a key component to the Bills' defense over the past two seasons. Hughes recorded 10 sacks in each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Whaley said the Bills have no plans on using the franchise tag on Hughes.
“We’re trying to avoid that because we’re trying to get him long term for sure,” said Whaley of Hughes. “We want to keep everybody on the same page so they feel like, ‘Hey I got a good deal.’ And as the Buffalo Bills we say we got a good deal.”
Whaley: Bills working on deal with Jerry Hughes
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(2/19/15) Meeting with the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday, Bills general manager Doug Whaley was optimistic about the team's chances of keeping defensive end Jerry Hughes.
Hughes is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in a few weeks, but the Bills have been working with his representatives on a new contract.
Whaley said that the team and Hughes' agent exchanged salary proposals in recent days. "I just got off the phone with (senior VP of football administration) Jim Overdorf, who talked with their representatives at length last night,” Whaley said. “There’s an open line of communication. I haven’t met with J.O. yet to see how close we are or if we’re close at all. I’ll meet with him soon."
Hughes had 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles for the Bills last season.
Bills' Jerry Hughes torn over possible franchise tag
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(2/11/15) Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes will be a free agent in March, but told Sirus XM NFL Radio on Wednesday that he definitely wants to return to Buffalo, reports NBCSports.com.
If Hughes and the Bills cannot work out a deal, Hughes said he would not be totally against receiving a franchise tag.
"I wouldn't necessarily be disappointed," Hughes said. "I do want [a long-term deal], but the pay increase is also a huge added bonus. It's kind of a mixed emotions between both."
During the 2014 season, Hughes played in 16 games and totaled 54 tackles with 10 sacks.
Bills open contract talks with DE Jerry Hughes
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(1/15/15) The Bills confirmed they've begun contract talks with impending free agent defensive end Jerry Hughes, reports the team's website. Hughes, 26, is coming off back-to-back 10-sack seasons.
He's expressed a desire to remain in Buffalo, but said he's not inclined to give the team a hometown discount.
"We’re excited and we want him back,” general manger Doug Whaley said of Hughes. “He’s a great part of our defense and hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later.”