Buffalo Bills need to cut ties with Marcell Dareus


Aug 25, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) on the sideline during the second half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Steelers beat the Bills 38-7. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

About a month ago, Buffalo Bills lineman, Marcell Dareus was caught in Alabama with possession of synthetic marijuana.  He could face charges from Alabama was well as a suspension from the league for the possession charges.

Newly added to his list of charges come in from Hamburg, NY this past Friday.  Dareus was again arrested and issued an appearance ticket on three misdemeanor charges, the most serious is that of a class A misdemeanor for reckless endangerment.  This can carry up to a year in jail.  The other two are still misdemeanors but are less serious which include reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest.  Both of these carry up to a 30 day jail sentence for first time offenders.

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Dareus spoke with reporters last week for the first time after his arrest in Alabama, even before this newly occurred incident and stated

"“They believe in me,” Dareus said last Wednesday. “They know that I’m not a trouble guy. They know I’m not the type of person that’s trying to look for any trouble.“I’m not trying to do anything. Things happen and we’re moving forward and they know I’m going to grow into the guy they want me to be.”– Buffalonews.com"

Dareus was suspended last year for the last two games because he had an issue telling time and showing up to team meetings and practices on time.

As of right now if all charges are held to the highest extent, Dareus could be looking at approximately 6 years and 2 months in prison for his actions.  His statement from last week is basically thrown out the window by this fan.  I don’t think the Bills need to or should give Dareus the time of day at this point.  After he is brought up on charges, the league can still put a suspension on him as well.

At this point his 5th year contract extension is only guaranteed to be paid out if the Bills release him due to an injury.  The Bills would be no worse from wear if they released Dareus and saved themselves some heart ache at this point.  I am all for giving people second chances and helping someone out, but when they keep on throwing it back in your face then walk away, just walk away.

Here are the top 15 DTs on the free agent list that the Bills could look to and fill the vacancy left by Dareus.  At this point, I would say any of them would be a viable option other than Dareus. This fan has checked out on Dareus.

1. Kevin Williams
2. Ryan Pickett
3. Johnny Jolly
4. Aubrayo Franklin
5. Vaughn Martin
6. Brandon Deaderick
7. Isaac Sopoaga
8. Gary Gibson
9. Shaun Rogers
10. Corvey Irvin
11. Justin Bannan
12. Derek Landri
13. Landon Cohen
14. Andre Neblett
15. Daniel Muir