Buffalo Bills re-sign OLB Jerry Hughes

Jerry Hughes was a bust in Indianapolis as a first round pick in 2010, playing a combined 240 snaps in 2010 and 2011 and then struggling in his first serious action in 2012, grading out 25th out of 34 eligible 3-4 outside linebackers. The Bills acquired him after that season for basically nothing and he shed that bust label quickly, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 8th ranked 3-4 outside linebacker in 2013 and their 14th ranked 4-3 defensive end in 2014.

This deal will pay him 45 million over 5 years with 22 million guaranteed. It’s a lot of money, but it’s an appropriate value for Hughes. The Bills are moving back to a 3-4 under Rex Ryan in 2015, so Hughes will move back to rush linebacker, but he shouldn’t have any problem with it. As I mentioned earlier, his breakout 2013 campaign came in a 3-4, when Mike Pettine was the Bills’ defensive coordinator. Pettine happens to be a Rex Ryan disciple, as he was Ryan’s former defensive coordinator, and they run very similar schemes.

Grade: B+

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