The Jacksonville Jaguars traded for Buffalo Bills nose tackle Marcell Dareus on Friday, beefing adult one of a NFL’s best defenses.
The Jaguars (4-3) sent a sixth-round collect in a 2018 breeze to a Bills (4-2) in sell for a 330-pound run-stopper, who has a mottled past.
Jacksonville ranks sixth in sum invulnerability and second in flitting defense, though 31st opposite a run. Dareus, a two-time Pro Bowl preference and a third altogether collect in a 2011 draft, should assistance accelerate a interior of Jacksonville’s line.
He also is reunited with former Bills and stream Jaguars Coach Doug Marrone. Dareus played dual years, including his best deteriorate (2014), underneath Marrone in Buffalo.
The trade ends a scattered reign for Dareus in Buffalo. He was a team’s highest-paid player, carrying sealed a six-year prolongation value adult to $96 million in 2015. The understanding enclosed $60 million guaranteed. But he has been dangling twice by a NFL and during slightest once by new Coach Sean McDermott.
“He was a doubt mark,” Bills General Manager Brandon Beane pronounced on a discussion call following a trade. “When we come in to a new city and we demeanour during a roster, we apparently demeanour at, ‘Okay, he is a man that we dwindle for dual reasons: 1. He’s a aloft income guy. B. He had a before story with a suspensions.’ You do wish to see those guys, we know, how they fit, and like we pronounced early on, we substantially had some struggles though he’s not a bad person. At a finish of a day, we wish him a best and we know Sean does and a whole classification does.”
The Bills done a trade to save poignant top space this year and next. It was a latest in a register inform for Beane, who dealt receiver Sammy Watkins to a Los Angeles Rams and cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia on a same day in August.
Dareus had his best diversion of a deteriorate opposite Tampa Bay on Sunday, personification his many snaps given a opener and finishing with a season-high 5 tackles.
Marrone clearly hopes for a same in Jacksonville, where starter Abry Jones has 16 tackles and a pouch in 7 games.
“I was not job people about him as a trade deadline approached,” Beane said. “I know people suspected maybe we were or weren’t. Quite honestly, had not called anyone. Jacksonville reached out to us and done an exploration and it kind of went from there. But we’re evaluating everybody by this whole process. He really would’ve been a man we would’ve talked about after a deteriorate (with), ‘How does he fit going forward?’ But this event came adult and, again, we suspicion it was a win for Marcell and apparently for a Bills as well.”
Dareus was one of a league’s best defensive tackles in 2014, finishing with 49 tackles and a career-high 10 sacks. But his career took a spin a subsequent season. He was dangling for a initial diversion of 2015 after being arrested twice within a month – in his local Alabama on transgression drug charges and in upstate New York after a street-racing incident.
He was dangling 4 games in 2016 for violating a NFL substance-abuse policy.
He also was sent home before a preseason diversion in Aug for violating group rules.