Veteran DE Jerry Hughes Joins the Texans After 9 Years With the Bills

Jerry Hughes with the Buffalo Bills in 2016
Jerry Hughes with the Buffalo Bills in 2016. Photo by Jevone Moore/Marinmedia/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After spending the past nine seasons with the Bills, veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes is leaving Buffalo and joining the Houston Texans.

Hughes played all 17 games with the Bills last season, contributing with 18 tackles, 2.0 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He now becomes the latest veteran addition to the Texans’ defense ahead of the 2022 NFL campaign, joining the likes of Mario Addison and Rasheem Green.

After playing college football with TCU, Jerry Hughes entered the NFL as a first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He went on to spend three underwhelming seasons with the Colts before being traded to the Bills in exchange for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

In his first year with the Bills, Hughes had a breakthrough campaign that saw him rack up 46 tackles and 10.0 sacks despite being a starter in just one game of the 16 he played. He went on to become an ever-present piece in the team’s defensive line despite several coaching and front office changes. In the 2021 NFL season, Hughes was the longest-tenured Bills player on the roster.

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