By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 52 – April 29, 2013The Bills trade Kelvin Sheppard to Indianapolis for Jerry Hughes.

Young players are rarely traded for young players in the NFL. You never know how they might develop, increasing the risk. But when the Bills and Colts got together in the spring of 2013, they thought a deal might make some sense.

Jerry Hughes had been a first-round pick of Indianapolis in 2010, but he had trouble getting on the field. Hughes, a linebacker/defensive end, had a total of four sacks in his first four years. He was considered at the time a rare miss in the first round of the draft by general manager Bill Polian. Meanwhile, Kelvin Sheppard – a third-round pick of the Bills in 2011 – had been adequate as a starting linebacker during his career. But Buffalo had draft pick Kiko Alonso coming on to the roster, and the Bills wanted to make room for him.

Therefore, Hughes and Sheppard switched addresses. Hughes had 10 sacks in each of his first two seasons, and has been a starter for six years. He recently signed a new contract to stay a while longer. Sheppard spent one season with the Colts before bouncing to the Dolphins, Giants and Lions. You’d have to call this one of the best trades in Bills’ history.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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