Yesterday, Robinson mentions that the Bills were “working hard” to re-sign him, so there’s still a chance that they could get a contract in place before the start of free agency.
However, it appears as though Hughes will have no shortage of suitors if he’s allowed to reach the open market.
Earlier in the week, Pro Football Talk mentioned that the Jets decision to re-sign ILB David Harris to a three-year contract worth $21 million increases the likelihood that the Bills would try to bring back Hughes.
Hughes and his agent are clearly aware that they’re in a position of leverage, seeing as he’s likely to be one of the most sought after defensive ends in free agency.
Hughes, 26, recorded 53 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one recovery and even scored a defensive touchdown for the Bills defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 59 qualifying players.
We have Hughes currently listed as the No. 10 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.