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HOUSTON – The Texans have signed contract with defensive veteran Jerry Hughes, the team announced Wednesday.
It marks a homecoming for Hughes, who is from Sugar Land, Texas, and played at Stephen F. Austin High School.
Hughes is the latest in a group of defensive veterans that general manager Nick Caserio has added to strengthen the Texans’ defensive line. On Tuesday, the Texans announced that they had signed a contract with Hughes’ former teammate with the Buffalo Bills, defensive player Mario Addison. Last week, Houston also added defensive Rasheem Green.
One of the few players retained by Bills from the previous regime when Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane took over, Hughes was the longest-serving Buffalo player last season. The 12-year veteran played in all 17 games, but recorded his lowest percentage of game defensive snaps (51.8%) since the beginning of his career.
Hughes, who turns 34 in August, was selected as the 31st overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2010 draft, but he had a slow start to his career. After three seasons with the Colts, he was traded to the Bills for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard in 2013.
The following nine years of Hughes’ career were spent with Bills, a team with which he was successful. He had 10 sacks in each of his first two years at Buffalo and finished with at least four in all of the following seasons outside of 2021 (two). Last season I led the team in pass rush winning rate (20.9%).
Hughes is the fourth ever in Bill’s history with 53 sacks and has 58 in total in his career. He also has seven postseason layoffs. Hughes has been the leader of the team’s defense for many years, as the team has continued to invest in the youth, especially on the defensive line.
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg contributed to this report.