The former first-round pick out of TCU exploded after getting traded to the Bills back in 2013 and has had 10 sacks in each of his first two seasons with Buffalo. Though some have speculated that his production is more of a testament to the talent around him, there is no way Rex Ryan would allow a premiere pass rusher to even think about playing elsewhere.
The money is significant and, like an early trademark of all Ryan teams, keeps a large balance of the club's spendable income on the front seven.
It's been interesting to see what Ryan's priorities would be after arriving in Buffalo a few months ago. On one hand, everyone knew the offensive talent needed an upgrade after a staunch defense almost single-handedly earned them a nine-win season.
Then again, everyone knew Ryan would be itching to re-sign Hughes, too.