HOUSTON — The Texans have signed veteran defensive finish Jerry Hughes, a supply instructed ESPN, confirming a number of reviews.
It marks a homecoming for Hughes, who’s from Sugar Land, Texas and performed at Stephen F. Austin Excessive Faculty.
Hughes is the most recent within the group of veteran defensive ends common supervisor Nick Caserio has added to bolster the Texans’ defensive position. On Tuesday, the Texans introduced they signed Hughes’ former teammate with the Buffalo Payments, defensive finish Mario Addison. Final week, Houston additionally added defensive finish Rasheem Inexperienced.
Hughes’ signing was first reported by NFL reporter Jordan Schultz.
One of many few gamers that was retained by the Payments from the earlier regime when Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane took over, Hughes was the longest tenured Buffalo participant final season. The 12-year veteran performed in all 17 video games however registered his lowest share of defensive snaps performed (51.8%) for the reason that starting of his profession.
Hughes, who turns 34 in August, was chosen because the Thirty first-overall decide by the Indianapolis Colts within the 2010 draft, however he had a sluggish begin to his profession. After three seasons with the Colts, he was traded to the Payments for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard in 2013.
The next 9 years of Hughes’ profession had been spent with the Payments, a staff with which he discovered success. He had 10 sacks in every of his first two years in Buffalo and completed with a minimum of 4 in all the next seasons, outdoors of 2021 (two). Final season, he led the staff in cross rush win price (20.9%).
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Hughes is fourth all-time in Payments franchise historical past with 53 sacks and has 58 whole in his profession. He additionally has seven postseason sacks. Hughes has been a longtime chief of the staff’s protection because the staff has continued to put money into youth, particularly on the defensive position.
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg contributed to this report.