Texans Re-Sign DE Jerry Hughes

JULY 11: Hughes’ new Texans deal has a maximum value of $2.6MM, per Wilson. Half of that figure is guaranteed, including a $650K signing bonus. Hughes can also receive up to $350K via per game roster bonuses; considering his durability, he should have a strong chance of collecting all of that total.

JULY 8: Jerry Hughes spent the past two seasons with the Texans, and his tenure with the team will continue into 2024. The veteran defensive end re-signed on Monday, as first detailed by Aaron Wilson of KPRC2.

Hughes began his career with the Colts for two seasons before enjoying a nine-year stay as a Bills regular. The 35-year-old logged 127 starts across his 144 appearances in Buffalo, reaching double-digit sacks twice in that span and remaining a consistent and durable producer afterwards. He joined the Texans in 2022 on a two-year, $10MM deal.

The former first-rounder enjoyed a highly successful debut campaign in Houston, recording nine sacks. That was his highest figure since the 2014 season, pointing to his potential to remain a starting-caliber option in the waning stages of his career. The Texans selected Will Anderson with the No. 3 pick in the 2023 draft, however, pairing him with Jonathan Greenard in the starting lineup.

That resulted in a sharp decline in playing time for Hughes. The TCU alum logged a 42% defensive snap share last season, the lowest total of his career. He posted 32 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble while playing all 19 of the team’s regular and postseason games. A similar workload should await Hughes – who has missed multiple games in a season just twice – in 2024.

Greenard departed in free agency, but Houston added former Vikings Pro Bowler Danielle Hunter on a big-money deal. The latter will thus step into a first-team role opposite Anderson as the Texans look to improve on last year’s overall output in the sack department (44, 17th in the league). Hughes will once again play a complementary role in that effort as he embarks on a 15th NFL campaign.

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