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Hughes agrees to 5-year deal to stay with Bills

The Buffalo Bills and Jerry Hughes have agreed to terms on a five-year contract for the defensive end to remain with the team, The Buffalo News has learned.

The deal reportedly is worth $45 million, but a source close to the team said the amount wasn't accurate.

Hughes had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday.

He had become a hot commodity in the open market, an NFL source said, noting that six clubs expressed interest in signing Hughes, who has had 10 sacks in each of the last two seasons.

His return keeps intact one of the top defensive fronts in the NFL, as Hughes will remain with three Pro Bowlers -- end Mario Williams and tackles Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams.

Talks between the Bills' chief negotiator, Jim Overdorf, and Hughes' agents, Ben Dogra and Tracy Lartigue, began during last month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and heated up last week.

The Bills continue to be highly aggressive, with the re-signing of Hughes coming on the heals of last week's trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The Bills followed up that deal by giving McCoy a new contract that will pay him $16 million this year, making him (at least for now) the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

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