Dareus signs massive $108 million contract extension, makes league history

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A deal to sign one of the NFL’s advanced defensive talents is completed as the Buffalo Bills sign Marcell Dareus to a six-year contract extension.

First reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dareus deal is reportedly a massive $108 million deal over the coming six years with $60 million in guaranteed money. Guaranteed money is a big seller for a defensive tackle with Dareus’ talent; it implies if he suffers an injury, he’ll still receive over half of his contract’s deal.

The $60 million in guaranteed funds is the most for a non-quarterback player in league history, according to Schefter

News 4 has confirmed with a league source that Dareus accepted a deal, however due to Dareus’ suspension in Buffalo’s first game, he won’t be able to speak to the media until his suspension is fulfilled.

“Throughout this process, we wanted Marcell to remain a Buffalo Bill for the long-term and he made it clear to us that he wanted to continue his career in Buffalo,” Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said. “Dareus is a tremendous player and we feel he has a great opportunity to reach his potential as a player and leader here with the Buffalo Bills.”

The Bills have made moves in recent weeks to find salary cap room to make possible a deal with the 25-year-old talent. They first released fan-favorite Fred Jackson in favor of reclaiming his more than $2 million deal for 2015’s season. Then the team cut veteran quarterback Matt Cassel to reclaim some of his salary after quarterback qualms were settled at One Bills Drive. The team later resigned Cassel to a cheaper deal.

Dareus is one of Buffalo’s most well-known and well-developed first round draft picks. Buffalo selected him with the third overall pick of the 2011 draft.


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