Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has signed a huge six-year contract extension worth $100 million, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
The 2011 third overall pick will receive $60 million guaranteed, making him the highest paid player in Bills franchise history.
It had been noted by NFL.Com’s Kevin Patra a few months ago that Dareus, 25, had been hoping for a contract similar to the one given to Ndamukong Suh by the Miami Dolphins in the 2015 off-season.
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It is believed this deal places him between Suh and Tampa Bay Bucaneers DT Gerald McCoy in terms of highest paid defensive players in the NFL.
Worth every cent
Dareus has developed into one of the most valuable DTs in the league since coming out of the University of Alabama, recording a career best 10 sacks last season.
He has also appeared in the last two Pro Bowls and was named First-team All Pro DT in 2014. Dareus won’t feature in the Bills’ season opener against the Colts on Sunday due to suspension after violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
He told the Buffalo News back in August he wasn’t sure that the Bills wanted him around any longer, that’s definitely changed with his new deal.
Wilkerson waits patiently
His deal may have also set the table for AFC East rival Muhammad Wilkerson as the Jets defensive lineman is also hoping for a new contract.
The 30th overall pick in 2011 has been patiently waiting for his new contract, playing under his third general manager and second head coach who have promised him a new contract, however, there have been no progression made in negotiations.