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Marcell Dareus | Defensive Lineman

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 331
College: Alabama
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Contract-year NT Marcell Dareus said he's "not necessarily" looking for a Ndamukong Suh-type deal.
"I'm not necessarily looking at Suh numbers," Dareus said. "I just want to be treated right." Dareus turned down a six-year, $90 million offer from Buffalo. He's likely asking for a deal in the $100 million range, but less than the $114M Suh got from Miami. Dareus is open to playing under the franchise tag in 2016, which would pay him roughly $11.2 million. Aug 22 - 3:06 PM

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Contract-year NT Marcell Dareus said he wants to remain with the Bills.

"I want to be a part of the Bills, but this is a business," Dareus said. "We're going through negotiations." Dareus balked at a reported six-year offer worth more than $90 million, saying the offer showed the Bills "don't want me." It has only taken two days for him to soften his stance considerably, and he even admitted he would sign a franchise tender if it came to that. Buffalo has a lot of money invested in their defensive line, but Dareus is a talent they cannot let get away.
Aug 22 - 12:29 PM

The Buffalo News reports the Bills have offered contract-year NT Marcell Dareus a six-year extension worth more than $90 million.

However, Dareus is seeking more, and apparently considers the numbers an insult. Dareus told reporter Vic Carucci the offer says "they don't want me," and that he expects 2015 to be his final season in Buffalo. Due $8.06 million in the final year of his rookie deal, Dareus is digging in for a game of hardball. He undoubtedly wants to cross the $100 million threshold, something that's realistic considering his recent play and a continually climbing salary cap.
Aug 20 - 11:46 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley is optimistic a deal will get done with contract-year NT Marcell Dareus.

"There are a lot of moving parts," Whaley said. "We've exchanged proposals. Something of this magnitude is going to take time, but we're confident both sides want to get this done." An All-Pro talent, Dareus is asking for top-three defensive tackle money. The Bills want to extend Dareus before Week 1.
Aug 5 - 7:08 PM

The Buffalo News expects the Bills to extend contract-year DT Marcell Dareus before the start of the season.

The Bills were expected to have a deal in place with Dareus by training camp. Extending Dareus before Week 1 is now considered the more realistic deadline. Dareus is seeking top-three defensive tackle money.
Jun 27 - 3:11 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he's had preliminary talks with contract-year DT Marcell Dareus.

The Bills are working to extend Dareus before training camp. An All-Pro talent, Dareus is expected to command top-three defensive tackle money. Buffalo has a projected $143M committed to the 2016 cap and must get creative to fit Dareus.
May 27 - 5:09 PM

The Bills want to extend DT Marcell Dareus prior to training camp.

Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Dareus is reportedly asking for at least Gerald McCoy money (7-year, $95.2M). Dareus’s one-game suspension has no impact on long-term talks.
May 23 - 7:49 PM

NFL suspended Bills DT Marcell Dareus one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in his native Alabama last May. The ban shouldn't come as a surprise to the Bills, who will be missing Dareus against the Colts. They'll get him back for Week 2 against the Patriots. Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Dareus remains a strong candidate for an extension.
May 21 - 3:47 PM

The Bills want to extend NT Marcell Dareus before the start of the season.

Bills GM Doug Whaley said in March that signing Dareus to a long-term deal would be a top priority after the draft. An All-Pro in 2014, Dareus is expected to command in excess of $50 million guaranteed.
May 15 - 7:27 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo expects contract-year DT Marcell Dareus to command in excess of $50 million guaranteed.

Dareus is expected to top Bucs DT Gerald McCoy's seven-year, $95.2 million deal. The Bills are convinced Dareus has put his off-field issues behind him and could extend him after the draft. A two-time Pro Bowler, Dareus has 28.5 sacks through four seasons.
Apr 11 - 7:05 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said getting a long-term extension done with DT Marcell Dareus will become "priority No. 1" after the draft.

Whaley said an extension with Dareus will be hammered out "in the near future," and even left the door open for something to get done before the draft. Entering the final year of his contract and due $8.06 million, the Bills can lower Dareus' cap number by striking a new deal. The 25-year-old had a couple off-field hiccups last offseason, but the Bills have already said they believe that's behind him. Dareus recorded 10 sacks as a First-Team All-Pro in 2014.
Mar 30 - 4:39 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said DT Marcell Dareus' off-the-field troubles are behind him.

Dareus had two incidents with the police last May before showing up to training camp out of shape. He then proceeded to rack up 10 sacks and earn First-Team All-Pro honors. Dareus is as talented as they come on the defensive line, but the Bills have to feel comfortable with his off-field life before offering him a huge payday. Dareus is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Mar 28 - 12:02 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said an extension for DT Marcell Dareus is currently on the back burner.

"After we get done with all the unrestricted (free agents) and all we have to do this offseason then we would start to broach that subject," said Whaley. Dareus had a career-high 10 sacks in 2014, but there is little hurry to scratch out an extension with Dareus under team control for at least one more season. Dareus has a court date May 19 stemming from a road-racing incident last May.
Feb 19 - 8:11 PM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus is scheduled to stand trial for reckless endangerment May 19.

This stems from an incident in May of 2014 when Dareus crashed his car into a tree during an alleged race with teammate Jerry Hughes. We'd expect the case to be resolved before trial and Dareus to avoid league discipline.
Feb 10 - 12:04 PM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus isn't expected to receive an extension this offseason.

Dareus is under contract for $8.06 million in 2015 after the Bills exercised his fifth-year option. He's coming off his second straight Pro Bowl, and should require top-three defensive tackle money. Dareus and LT Cordy Glenn are both free agents after the 2015 season.
Jan 24 - 6:12 PM

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