The Bills have an important impending free agent that they’d like to keep in the fold in DE Jerry Hughes. GM Doug Whaley in an interview on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 confirmed that the club has opened talks with Hughes on a new contract.
Whaley didn’t have a lot of details, since he had been wrapped up in the intense two-week process of finding a head coach.
“We’ve been so consumed with this coaching search that I haven’t been able to talk to (Senior VP of Administration Jim Overdorf) to find out where we stand there and once Rex finishes his staff then we’ll turn our attention to that. But I know Jim has been in touch with his representatives and started the process.”
Whaley intends to get an update on where things stand soon, to see if it’s possible to re-sign him and not let him hit the free agent market.
“We’re excited and we want him back,” said Whaley of Hughes. “He’s a great part of our defense and hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later.”
When asked if the hiring of Rex Ryan as head coach improves the chances of re-signing Hughes, Whaley could only be hopeful.
“You’d have to ask him,” said Whaley. “I hope he’d be just as excited as we are and the Bills fans are.”
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