Whaley Won't Negotiate In-Season with Hughes

Jerry Hughes will be a free agent after the 2014 season. He's been highly productive since the Bills acquired him in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts. Instead of paying up now, the Bills will wait until after the season to negotiate. It could be a costly mistake on their part.

Defensive end Jerry Hughes will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. In 26 career games with the Buffalo Bills, Hughes has 17.5 sacks, 63 quarterback hurries and 15 quarterback hits. Saying he's been productive would be an understatement. 

Despite his off-the-chart production, Bills General Manager Doug Whaley does not believe in negotiating in-season. He believes that it can lead to distractions for the player and team. Today, Whaley was asked about contract negotiations with Hughes and Marcell Dareus, a free agent after the 2015 season, on WGR Sportsradio 550. The GM said the following on the two players:

“Those guys are great players. We would love to have them, and those are the things we’ll discuss at the end of the season, which we do every year,” he said. “We don’t negotiate in the media, but they’ve brought tremendous production to our defensive line and helped to make our defense one of the best in the league and we’re going to do whatever we can to keep them.”

The Bills will have time to lock Hughes up long-term in the off-season, but his price tag goes up with every quarterback sack, hit and hurry. 

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