The Buffalo Bills aren't finished tinkering with their linebackers this offseason.
Buffalo traded Kelvin Sheppard to the Indianapolis Colts for Jerry Hughes on Monday in a swap of linebackers two days after the NFL draft.
Sheppard, a 2011 second-round pick from LSU, has been inconsistent in two seasons in Buffalo. He had 138 tackles and two sacks in 31 games, including 24 starts.
Hughes was the Colts' 2010 first-round draft pick from TCU. He's had 62 tackles and five sacks in 40 games, including seven starts, but had difficulty finding his niche on the Colts defense.
Used initially as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, Hughes made the switch to linebacker when the Colts switched to coach Chuck Pagano's 3-4 defense where he appeared to be more at home but still not the impact player envisioned when they expected him to eventually replace Dwight Freeney. Freeney, Indy's career sacks leader, was let go in free agency this winter.
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