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Marcell Dareus | Defensive Lineman

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 331
College: Alabama
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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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Bills DT Marcell Dareus (knee) and RCB Stephon Gilmore (concussion) have been downgraded to out for Week 17.

Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles will replace Dareus, with Ron Brooks getting the majority of snaps for Gilmore. Dareus had a career-high 10 sacks this year and is a candidate for an offseason extension.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus (knee) and RCB Stephon Gilmore (concussion) are both listed as doubtful for Week 17 against the Patriots.

They're two of Buffalo's top defenders. The absences of Dareus and Gilmore may make it more likely New England builds a big early lead against Buffalo, allowing Bill Belichick to rest his starters in the second half. Or, Belichick may play his starters the entire game regardless. There is much uncertainty regarding playing time in New England this week.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 02:16:00 PM

Marcell Dareus' 10 sacks are already the most of his four-year career, and lead all defensive tackles.

2014 isn't a contract year for Dareus since the Bills exercised his fifth-year team option for 2015, but he's treating it like one. Dareus averaged a solid six sacks his first three years in the league, but has been a beast both as a pass rusher and run stopper this season. He'll be a candidate for a massive extension in the offseason.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 07:29:00 PM

Bills activated DT Marcell Dareus from the active/PUP list.

Dareus has passed his conditioning test after showing up to camp out of shape. It shows a lack of professionalism, but isn't a concern for Dareus' 2014 status. Dareus is emerging as one of the league's better defensive linemen.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 05:47:00 PM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus has agreed to enter an NFL substance-abuse program in order to have his felony drug charges in Alabama dropped.

Dareus skipped training camp on Monday -- though he wouldn't have been able to participate anyway due to his failed conditioning test over the weekend -- to attend a court hearing in Alabama. Next on Dareus' list to have resolved are his traffic violations stemming from a street racing incident over the spring. The tentative expectation is that Dareus will receive a one- or two-game ban.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:49:00 PM

DT Marcell Dareus will not re-take his conditioning test until Thursday at the earliest.

Over the last year, Dareus has been benched twice for violating team rules, arrested twice and reported to camp significantly out of shape. But the Bills can't afford to give up on a Pro Bowl-caliber talent, especially when they're thin at defensive tackle. "Dareus has a good heart," coach Doug Marrone said. "We will get him in shape. We need him to play football for us."
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:42:00 AM

Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed Sunday that DT Marcell Dareus opened camp on active/PUP because he couldn't pass the team's conditioning tests.

The Bills were the first team to open training camp when they took the field Sunday evening. Dareus went on active/PUP on Saturday. It should only be a day-to-day situation, but is another red flag following Dareus' two offseason arrests, one for drag racing and another for possession of synthetic marijuana. He's also regularly late to team meetings. Although Dareus is a Pro Bowl-caliber player, the Bills have to be growing wary of signing him to a high-dollar long-term extension. They do have Dareus under control for the next two seasons.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 05:52:00 PM

Bills placed DT Marcell Dareus on the active/NFI list.

The Bills haven't listed Dareus with an injury, but he's not expected to be available for their first training camp practice on Sunday. It's another setback for a player who has been dealing with multiple off-field issues. Buffalo has also placed OL J.J. Unga on active/NFI.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 05:04:00 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo reports "there isn't much clarification" on if DT Marcell Dareus will be suspended for the start of the season.

Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in May and is also dealing with misdemeanor charges stemming from a drag-racing incident. The NFL is expected to wait for the cases to play out before making a decision on whether to take disciplinary action. Dareus' Week 1 availability has potential to impact the roster spots of DTs Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles. The Bills could keep five defensive tackles even if Dareus isn't suspended.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 05:27:00 PM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus turned down a plea deal stemming from an alleged May 30 street-racing accident.

Dareus still wants to resolve misdemeanor reckless endangerment charges before a September 9 trial date, but he declined the prosecution's offer to plead guilty to a reckless driving charge. The incident came roughly one month after Dareus was arrested in Alabama and charged with possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Commissioner Roger Goodell is likely waiting for both cases to shake out before dropping a disciplinary hammer.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 09:10:00 AM

Bills DT Marcell Dareus has applied for a pre-trial intervention program in hopes of getting felony possession charges dropped.

Dareus was arrested in Alabama in May for possession of synthetic marijuana. If he is admitted into and finishes the pre-trial program, the possession charges could be dropped. Dareus is also dealing with misdemeanor charges stemming from a drag-racing incident in New York earlier this month.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Coach Doug Marrone said DT Marcell Dareus (arrests) will not participate in the remainder of OTAs but will be back for mandatory minicamp later this month.

"I believe in Marcell," Marrone said, indicating the Bills plan to stick by the fourth-year player after he was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana last month before racking up three misdemeanor charges in a drag racing and property damage incident last weekend. The charges aren't major, but Dareus needs to get focused back on football after his breakout 2013 campaign.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 12:41:00 PM

The Buffalo News reports Marcell Dareus was charged with three misdemeanors and four traffic violations for "drag racing and property damage" in Hamburg, N.Y. last week.

According to reporter Tim Graham, Dareus is "accused of leaving the scene of a property-damage accident." It's not a good look for a player who was arrested just last month for possession of synthetic marijuana. Racking up so many misdemeanors could leave Dareus subject to a suspension. Dareus is coming off a breakout year, but has to get his head on straight.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Sources tell the Buffalo News that the Bills have been concerned about Marcell Dareus' marijuana usage since Chan Gailey was coach (2010-12).

"Nobody has been able to convince Dareus to stop getting high," the Buffalo News says. Dareus was arrested Monday on felony charges for possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in Alabama. The substance was reportedly synthetic marijuana, which can potentially avoid detection in a drug test. Dareus is coming off a breakout season that saw him grade out sixth among 69 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' DT/NT rankings.
Thu, May 8, 2014 10:01:00 AM