Advertisements
Advertisements

In 2011, the Buffalo Bills had the third pick in the NFL draft. The Bills had finished the 2010 season with a record of 4-12 and were looking to turn things around in the draft. The first two picks in the 2011 draft were Cam Newton and Von Miller. They were followed by #Marcell Dareus, whom the Bills drafted with the third overall pick. After Dareus, more talent went off the board as A.J. Green, Patrick Peterson, and Julio Jones followed. Dareus did provide several good years to Buffalo in his time there, but he has now been traded after a decline in production over the past two seasons.

Trade to the Jacksonville Jaguars

The Bills shipped Dareus to the Jaguars in exchange for a 6th round pick that could become a 5th round pick depending upon player performance.

Advertisements

On paper, this looks like a great deal for the Jaguars. However, Dareus has an enormous cap hit and he wasn't even playing more than half the snaps in Sean McDermott's defense. It only made sense to get his contract off the books, and now the Bills will have much more cap room to work with next year.

Prior to the trade, Marcell Dareus posted a photo to Instagram that showed off one of his favorite moments.

Even if he is leaving, at least Dareus remembers the Bills fondly. After all, the organization did give him $60 million in guaranteed money in 2015, and his contract could have ballooned to $95 million total if he met player incentives. Some will see this move as foolish for Buffalo, but there are still plenty of fans that are happy to see him go.

"Lazy" and "Unmotivated"

Dareus hasn't been the same player that he was when he entered the league in his rookie year.

Advertisements

In his first few seasons, he was a dominant force who stuffed the run. Recently, it's been hard to convince Marcell Dareus to come to practice. There's always some nagging injury or excuse that doesn't allow him to get on the field, and some fans have had enough.

If you look at Dareus' Instagram post, you can see just how many fans had no problem with seeing him go. At 4-2 and in the middle of the playoff hunt, you'd expect fans to be angrier. But Dareus hasn't been a big part of that success, and that's why McDermott and the Bills have decided to trade Dareus to Jacksonville.

Of course, there are some who believe the move is foolish:

Of course, it is sad to see a man who dressed up as Santa for children go.

But the truth is this:

Marcell Dareus isn't productive enough to justify keeping his salary on the books, and if another team wanted to take that burden, the Bills would gladly offload it. [VIDEO] The #Jacksonville Jaguars were that team, even if Marcell's favorite jersey belonged to Buffalo.

Advertisements

#Buffalo Bill