By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills now have gotten rid of their top three tacklers from last season.
The Bills announced this afternoon they've traded linebacker Kelvin Sheppard to the Indianapolis Colts for pass-rusher Jerry Hughes.
Hughes was the 31st overall pick in the 2010 draft, but has been a disappointment, starting only seven games in his three NFL seasons.
Hughes made 41 tackles and added a career-high four sacks for the Colts last year.
Sheppard, a 2011 third-round pick, was third on the Bills last year with 77 tackles, three for losses, two sacks and a pass breakup.
The Bills previously cut leading tackler Nick Barnett and No. 2 tackler George Wilson. The Bills' fourth-leading tackler, safey Jairus Byrd, isn't under contract.
taggedGeorge Wilson | Jairus Byrd | Jerry Hughes | Kelvin Sheppard | Nick Barnett