The Buffalo Bills just gave quarterback type money to their young defensive tackle earlier this morning (about 40 minutes ago) per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Instead of Suh’s albatross contract being an outlier for interior defensive lineman, back in March he signed a six-year $114 million dollar deal with the Miami Dolphins. He was given $60 million guaranteed in that deal. He now has company, Marcell Dareus signed a six-year $108 million dollar deal this morning.
Bills signed Marcel Dareus to a six-year, $108 million extension, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2015
Marcel Dareus’ deal includes $60 million in guaranteed money, highest guarantee for a non-QB in NFL history. Dareus suspended week 1, too. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2015
This isn’t the first time this year Buffalo’s thrown some money at their uber-productive defensive line, Kyle Williams is getting paid $10.5 million for this season as part of an extension. Defensive end Jerry Hughes received $22million guaranteed as well, so that group will stay together and continue to dominate opposing offensive lines.
The 25-year old Dareus is suspended for Week 1 of this season, so let that sink in, the Bills just locked in a guy that won’t be playing in their first game of the season. Just to compare and contrast, Suh has tallied 239 tackles and 36 sacks in his five seasons of play (78 games played). Dareus has been just as productive, in four years he’s tallied 201 tackles and 28.5 sacks, he’s coming off a 10.5 sack performance last season.
Doesn’t look like a bad investment at all does it? The only worry is that one game suspension, hopefully that’s an outlier and not something that could become a reoccurring issue down the road. Although, if that was the case you’d have to think that Buffalo wouldn’t of forked over that type of money, right?
It’s great that Buffalo was able to get him locked down long term, the last thing you wanted was a Suh-like situation in a year or two in which he just wants out. Do you think that he’s worth every penny?