Could Jerry Hughes get the Transition tag?
According to FoxSports, one option for Jerry Hughes might be to give him the transition tag rather than franchise tag:
Considered a first-round draft bust in Indianapolis, Hughes has reinvented himself with consecutive 10-sack seasons since being traded to Buffalo in 2013. Hughes would be a perfect fit as an outside pass rusher in the defensive scheme being installed by new coach Rex Ryan but that doesn’t mean the Bills will be willing to make such a lofty investment. A transition tag designation doesn’t seem out of the question — similar to what Pittsburgh successfully did with outside linebacker Jason Worilds in 2014.
What is the transition tag?
According to Wikipedia:
A transition tag is a tool used by National Football League teams to retain unrestricted free agents. It guarantees the original club the right of first refusal to match any offer the player may make with another team. The transition tag can be used once a year by each club unless they elect to use a franchise tag instead. Transition tags can be rescinded; however, teams that rescind a transition tag cannot use it again until the next season.