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55 Jerry Hughes DE
Height/Weight: 6-2/254 | Birthdate: 8/13/1988 | Birthplace: Sugar Land, TX, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Texas Christian | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 80/66
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Joking Rex Ryan: Bills DE Jerry Hughes is 'ruining practice'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Rex Ryan has declared that new Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes is wrecking practice. Fortunately for the team, it was a tongue-in-cheek remark.

Ryan made the joke because Hughes, who signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension this offseason, has been so dominant in the current sessions. Ryan estimated that Hughes registered five or six sacks before he had to pull him off the field and allow the offense to get its work in uninterrupted.

"This just in: I am really happy we signed Jerry Hughes back," Ryan told Syracuse.com. "It's rare that you have to pull a guy from practice because he's ruining your practice. I had to pull him (Wednesday)."

Hughes is coming off successive 10-plus sack seasons. Ryan expressed certainty that he will continue to thrive despite a shift in defensive philosophy.

"If he keeps rushing the pass like he did (Wednesday), yeah I'd say so," Ryan said. "You can put him anywhere, too. He plays much bigger than his frame. He's like 255 or something, but he plays much bigger. He can play as an end, play as an outside backer. He's definitely a physical player, he's a great athlete."


Bills re-sign breakout DE Jerry Hughes to five-year deal


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/9/2015) The Bills announced they've re-signed defensive end Jerry Hughes, who broke out last season with 54 tackles, 13 for loss, 18 quarterback hits, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

While the Bills did not disclose terms of the deal, the Buffalo News said Hughes, 26, got a five-year deal worth $45 million, including $22 million guaranteed. Hughes was hotly coveted on the open market and his signing is another significant move for a team that's already traded for running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Matt Cassel.


Bills have over $8.5 million per year offer for Jerry Hughes


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Bills are confident they will be able to retain defensive end Jerry Hughes, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. 

The Bills have an offer on the table worth more than $8.5 million per year, which could be enough to keep him in Buffalo. 


Report: Bills expect to keep defensive end Jerry Hughes


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Despite multiple suitors, the Bills are expecting to keep Jerry Hughes, reports Yahoo Sports.

Hughes has been coveted by the Jaguars and Giants, but the Bills are hoping to retain his services. In 2014, Hughes generated 54 tackles and 10 sacks.


Giants interested in Jerry Hughes, focusing on defensive line


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) The Giants have expressed interest in impending free-agent defensive end Jerry Hughes and appear to be very interested in beeing up their pass rush, ESPN.com reports.

The Giants franchised defensive end Jasson Pierre-Paul but appear ready to add more talent to the defensive line once free agency opens Tuesday. The team has also been connected to Pernell McPhee and Brandon Graham, per the report.

The Giants have also expressed interest in safety Devin McCourty but expect him to be tough to sign.


Report: Bills do not apply franchise tag to linebacker Jerry Hughes


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) 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
(2/20/2015) 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
(2/19/2015) 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
(2/11/2015) 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 | Senior Analyst
(1/15/2015) 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.”


Bills DE Jerry Hughes: 'Never heard of a hometown discount'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/8/2015) Bills impending free agent defensive end Jerry Hughes, who's 26 and coming off consecutive 10-sack seasons, said he "definitely" wants to re-sign with Buffalo but only for market value, reports the Buffalo News.

"That’s a nice little deal to throw out there,” he told the paper about taking less money, “but yeah, I’ve never heard of a hometown discount in the business world.”

General manager Doug Whaley said the Bills will "do everything we can to keep him."

The paper suggests Hughes is in line for a five-year deal worth more than $8 million annually, with $12 million to $20 million guaranteed. Hughes started every game this season after starting just once in 2013, when he played outside linebacker in Mike Pettine's 3-4 scheme.

The Bills could use the franchise tag on Hughes and keep together a defensive line featuring fellow end Mario Williams and tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams. Those three Pro Bowlers all are under contract for 2015.

The one-year defensive end tag would cost more than $13 million, eating up lots of Buffalo's cap space.

Hughes said he wouldn't mind playing under the tag. He knows he's in a special situation.

“I’ve built up so much camaraderie with these guys, the stuff we’ve been through, how we hang out in the offseason, how well we gel, it’s ridiculous,” Hughes said. “You definitely want to be somewhere comfortable, somewhere where you know it kind of feels a little bit like home. So that definitely plays a huge role.”


Bills DE Jerry Hughes continues sack parade in Week 7


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes notched five tackles and 1.5 sacks in his team's 17-16 win over the Vikings in Week 7.

Hughes split a sack early in the third quarter Sunday, but his solo sack proved critical, as it turned a first-and-goal in the fourth quarter into second-and-14, a play which also resulted in a sack. Hughes is up to 5.5 sacks on the season, with all but one coming in his last three games. He'll square off with the Jets in Week 8.


Bills defense roughs up Lions for six sacks in Week 5


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Bills defense didn't allow the Lions and Matthew Stafford to get into a rhythm Sunday, sacking the quarterback six times in the team's 17-14 comeback win in Week 5.

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was responsible for three sacks while also forcing a fumble, and defensive end Jerry Hughes added two sacks and another forced fumble. Defensive end Mario Williams racked up the other sack. The defense also had one interception, courtesy of cornerback Stephon Gilmore, in the win. The 3-2 Bills host the Patriots in Week 6.


Coach to Jerry Hughes: "You don't have to play on this team"


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes earned the wrath of Doug Marrone in Thursday practice. The coach also lambasted his entire team.

"You don't have to play on this team," Marrone told Hughes, per the Buffalo News. He then told all the players to "get your (stuff) together."


Bills need depth at defensive end


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(4/28/2014) Unless the Bills draft a defensive end, Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes could play 90 percent of the snaps in the team's 4-3 scheme, reports ESPN.com. The current third option is Jarius Wynn, a 285-pounder who might be better suited inside.

Jerry Hughes racks up 10th sack


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Bills defensive lineman Jerry Hughes had just one tackle in Week 16, but he made it count in a 19-0 win over the Dolphins. Hughes picked up his 10th sack of the season in the win.

Jerry Hughes racking up sacks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Bills defensive lineman Jerry Hughes has made a habit of getting after the quarterback in recent weeks, as he picked up at least one sack for the third game in a row in a 23-10 loss in Week 11 against the Steelers. Hughes picked up two sacks in the game among his four tackles, pushing his total to six on the season. 

Jerry Hughes gets after the QB


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes bounce back from his quiet performance in the last game, with a solid outing in Week 5 against the Browns Thursday.

Hughes picked up a season-high five tackles -- two solo -- two of which led to sacks. Hughes finished with 1 1/2 sacks in the 37-24 loss, bringing his total for the season to 2. 


Bills, Colts swap defenders


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/29/2013) The Bills traded linebacker Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts for pass rusher Jerry Hughes. Sheppard started 15 games for the Bills last year and has at least 70 total tackles in each of his first two seasons. Hughes, a former first-round pick, posted career-highs with four sacks and 41 total tackles last season.