The Buffalo Bills have extended 30-year old defensive end Jerry Hughes. The deal is for two-years and $23 million, with $19.5 guaranteeed. The deal was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
This is a really nice move by the Bills in my opinion. Hughes hasn’t always been the most productive pass-rusher since being a first-round pick in 2010 by the Colts out of TCU, having only two seasons with at least double-digit sacks, but since he has been in Buffalo he has really improved his ability as a run defender, becoming a much more well-rounded defensive lineman. He also does have 42 sacks in his six seasons in Buffalo after only having five in his three seasons in Indianapolis.
Also, despite being 30-years old, turning 31 in August before the season starts, he is coming off of a career high Pro Football Focus grade that graded him at an 88.8, which ranked him as the seventh-best player at his position for the season.
Buffalo only had two players set to have a cap hit of over $10 million this season (Star Lotulelei and Mitch Morse) and now they are adding Hughes to that list so they definitely had the cap space to take care of one of their better defensive players, making this move a no-brainer.
Hopefully if you’re the Bills this will also lead to even more productive play from Hughes because he has his contract taken care of and he can really focus on football this season, because the Bills had one of the top defenses in the league last season in terms of yards given up and they’ll need that again if they want to improve on their 6-10 record.
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