Bills trade DT Marcell Dareus to Jaguars

Next week's trade deadline seemed likely to bring some activity again, and the team announced Friday night that defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round pick in 2018.

Dareus, who had been in and out of the starting lineup under first-year coach Sean McDermott, will be reunited with Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Bills in 2013 and 2014. This was no shock to Dareus in any type of way, allegedly he was on the chopping block since the start of preseason, but the Bills could not find a team that would take on his huge six-year 98.6 million dollar contract. None of the deal is guaranteed beyond 2018, so salary cap numbers for 2019 ($14.6 million), 2020 ($14.6 million) and 2021 ($14.65 million) are likely to become irrelevant.

"And we thought about it and talked it through as an organization and decided it was a good move for the Bills and a good move for Marcell", Beane said Friday evening during a conference call. "At the same time, we were still trying to work with the young man and honestly, I thought he did make some strides of late". "But it is also a fresh start for him".

The trade allows the Bills to clear the salary of their highest-paid player off their books. He later entered a pretrial intervention program to have the charge dropped. He later agreed to a plea deal that reduced the charges to traffic tickets.

Dareus was one of the league's best defensive tackles in 2014, finishing with 49 tackles and a career-high 10 sacks.

Dareus was suspended for a game in 2015, and the second violation resulted in a four-game suspension from the league.

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They selected Dareus third overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. The seventh-year pro out of Alabama already has two Pro Bowls to his resume.

  • Stacy Allen