Bills announce deal with Jerry Hughes

This is a 2013 photo of Jerry Hughes of the Buffalo Bills NFL football team. This image reflects the Buffalo Bills active roster as of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) –  The Buffalo Bills announced an agreement with defensive end Jerry Hughes, Monday morning.  General Manager Doug Whaley said keeping Hughes was number one on the team’s wish list.

Hughes spoke to the press Monday, saying there is unfinished business in Buffalo. He said he told his agent to make it work in Buffalo, and said he loves the support from fans.

“We have a lot to accomplish.” Hughes added, “I have a lot more room to grow.”

Hughes said playing time played a role in his decision to stay.

The Bills noted Hughes’ stats in a press release Monday, “After being acquired from the Indianapolis Colts prior to the 2013 season, Hughes broke out as he posted his first career season with 10.0 or more sacks. Hughes continued his strong play in 2014 by piling up 54 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 18 QB hits, 13 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.”

The Associated Press reports a person familiar with negotiations said 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.

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