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Marcell Dareus' contract is the Buffalo Bills number one priority

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It's been an off-season of turnaround for the Buffalo Bills so far, with a new head coach coming in and making some signings before the draft.

The Bills recently extended the contract of defensive tackle Kyle Williams and they apparently are set for more negotiations with members of their talented defensive line.

Number One Priority

According to Bills general manager Doug Whaley, Marcell Dareus is next on the list for them to sign to a new deal.

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“He will be priority No. 1 once the dust settles post-draft, maybe even before then, just to get the ball rolling," Whaley said, according to a report from the Buffalo News.

Dareus has just one year left on his rookie contract that he signed when the Bills selected him in the first-round draft of the 2011 draft. The Bills decided to pick up the Dareus' option following his excellent form, which will see him net $8.06 million in 2015.

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Big Money Coming

With Dareus’ being one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL, he could be looking to match the six-year, $114-million contract that Ndamukong Suh recently signed with the Miami Dolphins.

Whaley went on to admit that the “most logical” way for the Bills to be able to afford to keep Dareus would be to try and restructure the contract of Mario Williams, in a similar way to what they just did with Kyle Williams.

“We want to set a precedent that we retain our own and we have them retire as Buffalo Bills. I think that’s a sentiment we’re trying to show the players on our roster now,” Whaley said. “Not only are we getting good players, but we’re retaining our good players as long as possible. And everybody wins. Mario gets a couple of more years, he’s going to retire a Buffalo Bill, and we get some cap relief.”

Marcell Dareus is set to come into a lot of money very soon, and the man with 28.5 sacks and 202 tackles in his first four seasons deserves every cent of it.

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