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11/25/15 - DT Marcell Dareus was in and out of the game against the Patriots, but coach Rex Ryan says he should be fine for Kansas City.
09/16/15 - DT Marcell Dareus had his roster exemption lifted Tuesday (Sept. 15) and was restored to the Bills' 53-man roster.
09/15/15 - DT Marcell Dareus was reinstated from reserve/suspended Monday (Sept. 14) and received a roster exemption that expires Tuesday.
09/10/15 - DT Marcell Dareus signed a six-year, $108 million contract extension -- including incentives -- including $60 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.
09/10/15 - DT Marcell Dareus won't be in uniform Week 1, but the 24-year-old won't be leaving the Bills any time soon.
Dareus sealed his future in Buffalo on Thursday, signing a six-year contract extension including $60 million guaranteed. The total value of the deal, including all incentives, could hit $108 million, making Dareus one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. He and Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh are the only non-quarterbacks with more than $59 million in guaranteed money.
"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 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."
Dareus commented in August that he wasn't "necessarily looking at Suh numbers," in the final year of his contract, a reference to Ndamukong Suh's $114 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. "I just want to be treated right, just like every one of us."
Dareus' deal, at least on the surface, has a higher attainable value than Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, whose $100 million deal over six years now makes him the third-highest paid defensive player. Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston signed a six-year, $101 million deal in July.
The Bills first offered a six-year extension worth more than $90 million. But Dareus, suspended for off-field conduct for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, will earn $8.06 million this season.
The two-time Pro Bowler and the third overall selection in the 2011 draft became frustrated when negotiations stalled and had said he would sign the franchise tag next year if needed.
"If that's something they consider, there's not really much I could do," Dareus said Saturday. "I'll sign the papers."
In four seasons with the Bills, Dareus has started 60 of 63 games and has 202