INDIANAPOLIS – Three years ago he was thought of as the eventual replacement for an aging Dwight Freeney, who had just played a Super Bowl with a badly injured ankle.
Three years later, Jerry Hughes career fell so short of that expectation that the Colts had to draft another to attempt to fill the role left by the team’s All-Time sack leader.
So following the selection of defensive end Bjoern Werner in the first round on Thursday, the Colts turned around and traded the team’s 2010 first round draft pick to the Bills for linebacker Kelvin Sheppard on Monday.
Hughes finished his Colts career with 41 total tackles along with five sacks in 40 games at defensive end and linebacker. Last season was his most productive in a Colts uniform as Hughes saw a bump in playing time with the switch to the 3-4 defense by Chuck Pagano, but he was never able to recapture the success he had at TCU-which prompted the Colts to take him in 2010.
In return the Colts get Sheppard, a third round pick by Buffalo in 2011 who has 150 tackles and two sacks in 32 career games with the Bills.