BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Buffalo Bills are making sure their top pass rusher is staying in Buffalo a little longer.
On Tuesday, the team signed defensive end Jerry Hughes to a two-year contract extension, keeping him in Buffalo through the 2021 season.
It’s official! 🖊— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) May 21, 2019
Jerry Hughes has signed a two-year contract extension: https://t.co/zGWY1pLIEP pic.twitter.com/fTgk01By7B
"I have to thank the Pegula’s, Brandon Beane and Coach McDermott for knocking this deal out and really believing in me," Hughes said in an afternoon press conference. "I’m excited to get to work. God is good, and with that being said I’m happy to get my mind focused back on football, get back to where we can take over this AFC East and make another playoff run."
Hughes is coming off a season where he recorded seven sacks and three forced fumbles. He was entering the final year of his contract and was set to become a free-agent following the 2019 season.
"It feels good to a have an organization, an owner, a GM and a head coach who really believes in you and is really excited for me to be back here in this building with the team and with the guys so we can build this relationship early," Hughes said. "That way, come September we are out there having fun. We are putting our ears back, we understand how to communicate and how to work on the field and I think that’s a great testament to what they do up front but also what you need to build a championship winning team."