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Buffalo Bills Pick up Option on Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus

April 25th, 2014 at 12:35 PM
By Mike Matisz

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly exercised their option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. The option, which is a fifth year option, will grant Dareus the same money he would get via the transition tag, which currently sits at $9.65 million. 

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The Bills have not confirmed the deal yet, although both ESPN's Adam Schefter and the Buffalo Bills website show that the reports are out there. 

Dareus, who is entering his fourth season with the Bills, was set to become a free agent at the end of the season if the Bills failed to re-sign him or exercise the option. 

Dareus made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and has been a consistent performer on the interior defensive line. 

The Bills now have an extra season to get an assessment of Dareus and attempt to sign him long-term. Dareus is not under contract until the conclusion of the 2015 season.

The Bills drafted Dareus out of the University of Alabama in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Dareus was picked third overall. 

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