Bills pick up 5th season on DT Dareus’ contract

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Buffalo won 19-0. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Buffalo won 19-0. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have picked up the fifth-year option on the contract of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

General Doug Whaley made the announcement Friday during the team pre-draft luncheon. The Bills faced a deadline next week to determine whether to lock in the player through the 2015 season.

Dareus, who’s started since arriving at Buffalo as the fourth pick in 2011, had a career-best 7-1/2 sacks last year.

However, Dareus ran into trouble with first-year coach Doug Marrone last season. He was held out from starting each of the Bills’ final two games for violating a team rule.

He also appeared in his first Pro Bowl after filling in for injured San Francisco 49ers lineman Justin Smith.

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