Report: Bills trade DT Marcell Dareus to Jaguars
In a trade that seems to only happen in the Madden video game series, the Buffalo Bills have shipped defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars for an undisclosed draft pick.
To get the proper citation out of the way: The Bills traded Dareus to the Jaguars on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Jaguars sent an undisclosed draft pick to the Bills to get Dareus, according to the Florida Times-Union’s Ryan O’Halloran.
Marcell Dareus came to the National Football League with all the hype. The Bills selected Dareus third overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He then lived up to the hype, making two consecutive Pro Bowls, first in 2013, then also in 2014, when he was named first-team All-Pro.
It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for the defensive lineman. While he signed a four-year contract in 2015 that guaranteed him $60 million, Dareus has had several off-field problems during his time with the Bills.
He was arrested twice in 2014, and has been suspended twice for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. Dareus was suspended for a game in 2015, and the second violation resulted in a four-game suspension from the league.
What is slightly weird about this trade is that the Jaguars already have a pretty great defense. With Jalen Ramsey becoming, quickly, the best corner in the league and Jacksonville having an already monstrous defensive line, it appears as though the Jaguars plan on going all-in with their defense to make a playoff push.
That’s right. The Jags are in the hunt for the playoffs!