Bills working to get Jerry Hughes signed before free agency starts
The Buffalo Bills are working hard to make sure Jerry Hughes never reaches the open market.
General manager Doug Whaley said that negotiations are on-going between the Bills and defensive end Jerry Hughes’ representatives. Both sides have been exchanging proposals over the past 24 hours.
Whaley said the Bills are willing to pay market value to retain Hughes:
“We can afford to invest in that defensive line because we don’t have a large part of our salary cap eaten up by a marquee quarterback,” Whaley said. “So that affords us the ability to be able to try to keep a Jerry Hughes and pay him what he’s worth. The way we have to play we’re going to have to have a strong defense and get after the quarterback and run the ball.”
“We’ve sent a proposal over to his representatives. His representatives have sent a counterproposal. I just got off the phone with Jim Overdorf, who talked with their representatives at length last night,” said Whaley. “There’s an open line of communication. I haven’t met with J.O. yet to see how close we are or if we’re close at all. I’ll meet with him soon.”