Rex Ryan has declared that new
Ryan made the joke because Hughes, who signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension this offseason, has been so dominant in the current sessions. Ryan estimated that Hughes registered five or six sacks before he had to pull him off the field and allow the offense to get its work in uninterrupted.
"This just in: I am really happy we signed Jerry Hughes back," Ryan told Syracuse.com. "It's rare that you have to pull a guy from practice because he's ruining your practice. I had to pull him (Wednesday)."
Hughes is coming off successive 10-plus sack seasons. Ryan expressed certainty that he will continue to thrive despite a shift in defensive philosophy.
"If he keeps rushing the pass like he did (Wednesday), yeah I'd say so," Ryan said. "You can put him anywhere, too. He plays much bigger than his frame. He's like 255 or something, but he plays much bigger. He can play as an end, play as an outside backer. He's definitely a physical player, he's a great athlete."
While the Bills did not disclose terms of the deal, the Buffalo News said Hughes, 26, got a five-year deal worth $45 million, including $22 million guaranteed. Hughes was hotly coveted on the open market and his signing is another significant move for a team that's already traded for running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Matt Cassel.
The Bills have an offer on the table worth more than $8.5 million per year, which could be enough to keep him in Buffalo.
Despite multiple suitors, the
Hughes has been coveted by the Jaguars and Giants, but the Bills are hoping to retain his services. In 2014, Hughes generated 54 tackles and 10 sacks.
The Giants franchised defensive end Jasson Pierre-Paul but appear ready to add more talent to the defensive line once free agency opens Tuesday. The team has also been connected to
The Giants have also expressed interest in safety Devin McCourty but expect him to be tough to sign.
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