Hughes was acquired from the Indianapolis Colts on April 30, 2013, for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, whom the Bills had selected in the third round in 2011.
"We think this defense and the way they're going to play him will fit what he does best," General Manager Buddy Nix said of Hughes that day. "He was a defensive end at TCU. Played with his hand on the ground. Did that at first with the Colts and then when they went to the 3-4, he played a little bit of both. But he played behind Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney so playing time wasn't a lot. We think this was an opportunity to do what he does best."
As for Sheppard, he was exclusively a middle linebacker and did not fit the weak-side role. He was third on the Bills in tackles with 77 in 2012, but he did not make difference-making plays with no forced fumbles, no interceptions and no fumble recoveries in two seasons in Buffalo.
Sheppard started seven games in his first season in Indianapolis with 46 tackles and a sack.
He was waived Aug. 30, 2014, by the Colts. On Sept. 8, 2014, he signed with the Miami Dolphins and appeared in 14 games with one start and made 24 tackles.
The Dolphins signed him to a one-year extension on March 10, 2015, and he had his best season with 105 tackles in 13 starts.
He was not re-signed in Miami and signed with the New York Giants on April 11, 2016. He made 10 starts and had 50 tackles.
Midway through training camp before the 2017 season, the Chicago Bears signed him after depth issues at the position with injuries. He was released when the Bears made their final cuts for the regular season.
It was back to the Giants on Nov. 8, 2017, after he was out of football for the first portion of the season. He started six of the seven games he played and made 48 tackles and had two interceptions.
He was again out of football for the start of the 2018 season, signing with the Detroit Lions on Oct. 31. He played in seven games with one start and had five tackles. He is not listed on the Lions' spring roster.
So for comparison purposes since the trade:
Jerry Hughes: One team, 96 games, 80 starts, 281 tackles, 42 sacks, 10 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles.
Kelvin Sheppard: Four teams, 75 games, 40 starts, 273 tackles, one sack, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble.