Bills, Hughes reportedly reach five-year deal

Buffalo Bills' Jerry Hughes runs a drill during NFL football minicamp in Orchard Park, N.Y., Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with negotiations has told The Associated Press that defensive end Jerry Hughes has agreed to a five-year contract worth more than $45 million to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills before being eligible to become a free agent.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity early Monday because the deal has not been announced. The person says Hughes arrived in Buffalo late Sunday night once the framework of the contract was put together after a lengthy day of negotiations.

The deal was reached a day before the start of the NFL’s free agency period, during which Hughes was expected to garner much attention from other teams because of his pass-rushing abilities. The fifth-year player has had 10 sacks in each of his past two seasons in Buffalo.

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