I was looking at Podunk's earlier post regarding Jerry Hughes. You know, the guy who was a 1st round bust in Indy (sounds Maybinesque? 6-2, 253lbs). In his 3 years in Indy, his production was:
5 sacks, 1 PD, 31 tackles and 20 assists. Yuch!
Pettine and the Doug's must have gone to a fortuneteller and saw some weird kind of potential in him last year, as they traded Chan's 3rd round pick (because he was enamored with him while coaching the Senior Bowl) Kelvin Sheppard. Shepp was not a bust, as I really rooted for him hard, but he did not fit our new system.......... so away he went. That trade was really ballsy.
We got Jerry’s services for NOTHING last year according to Sportrac. Only $870,000! WOW!
This year he’s on his last year of his rookie contract and he costs us $3.9 mill.
Hmmmmmm….. What to do?
That is what led me to this post. What DO we do now after our Bills annual switching of defenses? 4-3, 3-4, 4-3, 3-4, 4-3.
Do we just keep him and hope he fits the new defense? If he fails/pulls a Maybin, we overpaid $3.9 mill for limited production (ala Brad Smith).
If he succeeds and gets us another 10 sacks or even more, he's gonna want a new contract next year for big money, and will most likely go to some dummy team that pays him $6-8 mill. Remember how we got suckered into the Mark Anderson contract?
Do we trade him to a team that is converting right now to a 3-4 defense (Titans for example) and pluck one of their 4-3 guys in exchange?
Thoughts guys? If you were the Doug's, what would you do??