Buffalo Bills Rid Themselves Of a Big Problem
For a first round draft pick and number three overall in the 2011 college draft he turned out to be a huge disappointment for the Buffalo Bills. Nose tackle Marcell Dareus is now a former Buffalo Bill after being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday in exchange for a 6th round pick in the 2018 draft which could become a 5th round pick based on performance.
Obviously Dareus just didn't fit into the vision that coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane have for the team. And for the production he's provided in exchange for his 6-year, $96-million salary just didn't cut it.
Additionally, Dareus has had way too many off the field incidents. In May of 2014 he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. A month later he was arraigned on charges related to an accident following a drag race in Hamburg.
He was suspended for the first game of the 2015 season for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. The following year he was suspended for the first four games of the season for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Earlier this year he was sent home prior to the Bills preseason game in Baltimore for a violation of team rules. That may have been the final straw.
General manager Brandon Beane said the Jaguars inquired about Dareus earlier in the day and after thinking about it they felt it was a good move for the Bills and would provide Dareus a fresh start.
By getting rid of Dareus the Bills will save over $5.3-million off the salary cap this year and more than $2.3-million next year. It'll all be Jacksonville's responsibility to compensate him for the remainder of his contract in 2019, 2020 and 2021.