Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bills Re-Sign De Hughes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bills Re-Sign De Hughes

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Defensive end Jerry Hughes is staying with the Buffalo Bills after signing a five-year contract worth more than $45 million today, a day before being eligible to become a free agent.

The Bills announced the signing and scheduled a news conference for Hughes later today. A person familiar with negotiations provided the player's contract details and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Though Hughes garnered plenty of attention from other teams during the NFL's three-day negotiating period that opened Saturday, his preference was to remain in Buffalo and play under new head coach Rex Ryan, the person said. Ryan, who took over after Doug Marrone opted out of his contract on Dec. 31, is a defensive specialist who is noted for his aggressive philosophy.

Hughes also wanted to be loyal to the Bills because his career blossomed in Buffalo over the past two seasons since being acquired in a trade with Indianapolis. The 2010 first-round draft pick had 10 sacks in each of the past two years after combining for five in his first three seasons with the Colts.

Jets RB Johnson wounded in shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. - New York Jets running back Chris Johnson and another passenger were shot in their shoulders while stopped at a traffic light in Orlando early Sunday morning and the driver of the vehicle they were in was killed.

The NFL player and the other passenger, Reggie Johnson, were in stable condition at a hospital Sunday. A person close to Johnson confirmed it was the running back who was involved. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Sheriff's deputies said another vehicle pulled up to the Jeep the men were in and opened fire. The Jeep's driver, Dreekius Oricko Johnson, was killed. Deputies said no arrests had been made, and investigators were seeking witnesses to the shooting.

The shooting adds some uncertainty to Johnson's playing career. While he is expected to fully recover Johnson, who will be 30 in September, is still officially on the Jets' roster but is due to become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. The Jets cut ties with Johnson on Feb. 14, when they declined to exercise their contract option on him - meaning he will be free to sign with another team.

He was signed to a two-year, $8 million deal by the Jets last April, after six years with the Tennessee Titans, to provide a versatile presence in the backfield. But, he had his worst statistical season while splitting time with Chris Ivory. He ran for 663 yards - his first season under 1,000 - and one touchdown, while catching a career-low 24 passes for 151 yards and a score. Johnson also rarely resembled the dynamic player with game-changing speed who ran for 2,006 yards in 2009, earning him his "CJ2K" nickname while with the Titans. …

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