ESPN: Jerry Hughes has proven worth, but Bills must be cautious with their coin
Mike Rodak of ESPN has a really good article about Jerry Hughes and his real worth to the Buffalo Bills. You have to wonder if Hughes was a success because of the all-stars around him or is he as much an all-star as the other parts of that Bills’ front four? And in the 3-4 he probably would not be a full-time player as he was in the 4-3.
Here is what Rodak had to say: “The Buffalo Bills’ most pressing free-agent priority is to re-sign defensive end Jerry Hughes, who is set to hit the open market in March.
But as a team that once raised eyebrows across the NFL by handing defensive end Mark Anderson a four-year, $19.5 million contract and then cutting him a year later, the Bills need to be smarter with their money this time around.
It’s a message that becomes increasingly relevant now that Bills senior vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf — the team’s longtime contract negotiator — is in talks with Hughes’ agent, Ben Dogra.
“I know J.O. has been in contact with his representatives and started the process,” general manager Doug Whaley told WGR 550 on Thursday. “We’re excited and we want him back. He’s a great addition to our defense and hopefully we can get this thing done sooner than later.”
Jerry Hughes had a big season for the Bills in 2014, but the new coaching situation might make him less valuable to the team next season.
Hughes tallied 10 sacks in each of the past two seasons, but what shouldn’t be glossed over is that he was used differently in Mike Pettine’s scheme in 2013 than he was in Jim Schwartz’s system this past season.