Now hear me out, i know Jerry Hughes has reinvented himself here in Buffalo and tallied 10 sacks this season but that was in Mike Pettine's defense and there's no guarantee that Schwartz will find a way to maximize every players potential even if he does run a fairly flexible scheme. i'm not at all saying that hughes can't do again under Schwartz what he did under Pettine but the Bills decision makers would in my opinion be foolish if they didn't also consider the possibility that either this season was a flash in the pan for Hughes or that he simply won't be an ideal fit for what Schwartz will do. the odds are likely the Bills will keep Hughes around to see what he can do under Schwartz then if he still looks good they'll start talking about an extension or possibly tag him if talks stall. Hughes this season probably increased in many a football managers estimations and being that good pass rushers don't grow on trees i'm sure the bills would be able to get something in return if they put him on the block, also i'm well aware that trading him would leave the Bills needing to find a pass rusher but trading him is predicated on the idea that the bills decide he doesn't fit and that Hughes is compliant in the trade.
what could the Bills get in return? well obviously as Hughes has only one year left on his rookie deal any team trading for him is probably gonna want to extend his contract and they would want that extension worked out before making the trade, assuming an extension is agreed upon i think at least a second or third round pick and change would be fair compensation. if such a deal gets done before the draft that pick might be spent on upgrading the Bills O-line, linebackers or it could be used in a trade to allow the Bills to move around the board. the Bills could also swap player for player and would be entitled to a decent starter in return for Hughes, How does a starting right tackle or left guard sound? value is a fleeting thing in this league and if the Bills decide that Hughes will be an awkward fit under Schwartz then i personally think the smart thing to do would be to capitalize on his current value and either get some draft picks or get a player who they know for sure they can use.