Jerry Hughes stays with Bills

ByESPN.com news services
March 09, 2015, 7:20 AM

— -- The Buffalo Bills and defensive end Jerry Hughes have agreed on a five-year deal worth more than $45 million, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Hughes' agreement was earlier reported by the Buffalo News.

Hughes, 26, has notched 20 sacks since the start of the 2013 season, tied for ninth in the NFL over that span.

The Bills acquired Hughes in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard before the 2013 season, and Hughes flourished as a situational pass-rusher in then-defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's scheme, recording 10 sacks.

Hughes became a full-time starter under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz last season, matching his sack total (10) from 2013 and adding a career-high three forced fumbles. Now he will be featured in a defense led by new coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman.

A first-round pick of the Colts in 2010, Hughes' career got off to a slow start. He started just seven games over his three seasons in Indianapolis, posting five sacks.

In Buffalo, Hughes was part of a defensive line that sent three other players -- Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus -- to the Pro Bowl each of the past two seasons.

The Bills led the NFL in sacks (54) last season and had the NFL's second-most sacks (57) in 2013.

ESPN.com Bills reporter Mike Rodak contributed to this report.

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