The Buffalo Bills today announced that DT Marcell Dareus has signed a contract extension. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Since being drafted with the third overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Bills, Dareus has established himself as one of the NFL's premier defensive tackles. Earning Pro Bowl nods in 2013 and 2014, Dareus has recorded the second-most sacks among all defensive tackles since entering the league in 2011 with 28.5 quarterback takedowns. He led all NFL defensive tackles in sacks during the 2014 season with 10.
The 6-3, 331-pound Alabama product has started 60-of-63 games played for the Bills, racking up 201 tackles (139 solo), 32 tackles for a loss, 28.5 sacks, 40 quarterback hits and 11 passes defensed in his career.
"Marcell Dareus is a tremendous player and we feel he has a great opportunity to reach his potential as a player and leader here with the Buffalo Bills," said Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. "Throughout this process, we wanted Marcell to remain a Buffalo Bill for the long-term and he made it clear to us that he wanted to continue his career in Buffalo. I commend Bills Senior Vice President of Football Administration Jim Overdorf and Todd France, Marcell Dareus' agent, for completing this deal before the start of the 2015 season. I also thank Terry and Kim Pegula for being committed to our philosophy of retaining an All-Pro talent like Marcell Dareus."
Dareus, 24, is a native of Huffman, Ala.