The Buffalo Bills certainly can’t take any more losses on the defense after rookie linebackers Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland to injuries. Now, it looks like they may lose veteran defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for at least the start of the 2016 season.
NFL.com’s Marc Sessler reported that Dareus is currently facing a four-game suspension due to a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Dareus will likely appeal the suspension, but if it holds, it would be his second straight after he missed one game in 2015 due to the same violation.
Earlier this year, Dareus signed a seven-year, $103.2 million contract with $60 million guaranteed. With the suspension, they could void the tackle’s current guarantees of $20 million through the 2018 season.
The #Bills may have the ability to void Dareus’ current guarantees ($20M thru 2018) per his reported violation, who carries $47M in dead cap
— Spotrac (@spotrac) August 16, 2016
Through five seasons with the Bills, Dareus has recorded 177 tackles and 30.5 sacks. The Bills open the season on the road against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 11.