Jerry Hughes has been a terror ever since coming to the Buffalo Bills on an April 29th, 2013 trade (That now is seen as one of the most one sided ones in the history of the NFL.) from the Indianapolis Colts for Kelvin Sheppard resulting in him getting rewarded in 2015 by signing a new five-year deal; and he signed a new two-year deal this morning worth up to 23 million dollars with 19.5 million of it guaranteed to keep him in Buffalo until 2022. He is slated to make 6.35 million dollars this season and was going to be a free agent after this season.
Jerry Hughes has amassed 42 sacks with the Buffalo Bills and has played in every single game since coming in the aforementioned trade. Also he’s been the poster child for durability as he hasn’t missed a game with the Bills. He is entrenched as the starter at defensive end for coach Sean McDermott and Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier.
It was smart for the Buffalo Bills by giving Jerry Hughes only a two-year deal as he will be 31 years old by the start of the season as it will not entirely financially bankrupt the team long-term. Unlike other deals with comparable players this off-season, such as Dee Ford and Frank Clark for instance.
It has been impressive lately that the Bills has been able to keep their own stars and bringing in numerous free agents while a lot of them are on reasonable deals to boot.
It will be interesting to see Hughes’ level once this contract expires in 2022 and he will be almost 34 years old and he could get a third contract from the team. All and all, the Buffalo Bills now have another pass rusher under contract after this year and easily their best one they currently have with Jerry Hughes.