The Buffalo Bills have re-signed star pass rushing DE Jerry Hughes to a 5-year deal worth upwards of $45 million.
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Buffalo Bills NFL writer Vic Carucci was the first to report that the Bills had reached the agreement with the pass rushing specialist who finished with 10.0 sacks for Buffalo for the second year in a row.
The #Bills and Jerry Hughes have agreed to terms on a 5 -year contract, according to an NFL source.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 9, 2015
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter later reported on the exact terms of the deal that would pay Hughes an average of $9 million per year.
Bills and Jerry Hughes have reached agreement as @viccarucci reported. Deal is for five years and worth more than $45 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2015
Josina Anderson added that the deal comes with $22 million guaranteed for Hughes – who is expected to be a key pass-rushing element of new head coach Rex Ryan’s defense.
Confirming #Bills DE Jerry Hughes has agreed on a 5-yr deal to return to Buffalo. Adding, the guaranteed portion is a little over $22M.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2015
Initially viewed as a draft bust by the Indianapolis Colts, who drafted him No. 31 overall in the 2010 NFL draft, Hughes was cut by the Colts after the 2012 season and signed with the Buffalo Bills under former head coach Doug Marrone the following year – and the results were immediately impressive.
Hughes recorded 10.0 sacks in each of his first two seasons with Buffalo and helped the Bills lead the NFL in sacks in 2014 alongside Pro Bowlers DE Mario Williams, DT Marcel Dareus and DT Kyle Williams.
With 20.0 sacks since joining the Bills in 2013, Hughes is also tied for 9th in the NFL in sacks over the last two seasons.