According to Schefter, the pick could become a fifth-rounder depending on the performance of Dareus in the remainder of the 2017 season. He was the team's highest-paid player, having signed a six-year extension worth up to $96 million in 2015.
If Dareus didn't renegotiate his contract before the trade went down, it means the Jaguars will owe him the rest of his $5.7 million base salary in 2017 along with a $9.9 million base salary in 2018.
Neither those two incidents nor Dareus receiving a one-game suspension for his first violation of the league's substance abuse policy prevented Buffalo from giving him a big-money free agent deal.
"He definitely would've been a guy we would've talked about after the season (with), 'How does he fit going forward?' But this opportunity came up and, again, we thought it was a win for Marcell and obviously for the Bills as well".
The Bills attempted to trade Dareus prior to the start of the season after he showed up late to practice and then missed time with an ankle injury. "We're honestly making every decision on what we think helps the Bills today and tomorrow", Beane said.
After starting in all but four games in which he played for Buffalo from 2011 to 2016, Dareus had seen a decreased role this season under McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. A month later, police in Hamburg, NY arrested Dareus in connection with a drag race that resulted in an accident.
He was suspended four games in 2016 for violating the National Football League substance-abuse policy.
They team still has seven draft picks. He's tallied 35 sacks and 205 tackles over the span of 91 games, with a career-high of 10 sacks back in 2014. He earned trips to the Pro Bowl each of those years.