The Buffalo Bills are currently in the final phase of extending the contract of Marcell Dareus. However, there are unspecified issues that have been derailing the process of renewing the defensive tackle’s agreement.
Regardless of that, Bills general manager, Doug Whaley is hoping that a consensus will be reached between the team and Dareus.
From the look of things, the contract will have to be somehow rushed. This is because the defensive tackle is on the verge of becoming a free agent. And if by any chance the Bills may not have convinced him to stay, he could be picked by another team.
The Bills are therefore battling with time and money. The Bills understands that Dareus is a Pro-Bowl star and that is why they are not taking any chances with him. In fact, they have shifted their focus to renewing his terms.
By now, the Contract would have been signed but the defensive tackle seems to be reluctant in signing on the dotted line. It’s obvious that Dareus will not bow down to pressure until some of his needs are addressed in the new agreement.
“I’m optimistic, I am,” said Whaley. “Now will it come to fruition? There are a lot of moving parts, but I’m optimistic when both sides are trying to find a solution where everybody feels they win.
We’ve exchanged proposals and we’re working hard. We want to get this thing done. Something of this magnitude is going to take some time, but we’re confident that both sides want to get this done.”
Dareus is only 25 years but has already featured in Pro-Bowl several times. The previous season is currently his best because he managed to record 10 sacks in a row. Word going round is that Dareus contract will be the most expensive in Bills history.
“He’s trending in the right direction and came into camp in shape this year and passed the running test,” said Whaley. “I think he’s matured.”
The Bills may opt to emulate their opponents in Miami Dolphins who are on the record after parting away with $100 million in the name of renewing terms with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for seven years.
When Whaley was asked whether the Bills would consider following the same path, he was very technical by avoiding quoting any figure.
“I’m comfortable giving a contract that we think is right for the Buffalo Bills and he thinks is right for him,” Whaley said. “What that number will be who knows? But we’re just trying to find a middle ground where they feel they’ve won and we feel we’ve won and it’s best for both of us.”