Buffalo Bills exercise fifth-year option on Marcell Dareus

Bills pick up fifth-year option on Dareus
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The Buffalo Bills exercise the fifth-year option in the contract of Marcell Dareus, keeping the defensive tackle at the team until the end of the 2015 season.

The Buffalo Bills have picked up the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus's contract, keeping him with the team until the end of the 2015 season.

The Bills had until May 3 to inform Dareus of their intention to exercise the option, and he is now in line to make just over $8m (£4.8m) in the 2015 campaign.

The 24-year-old's future was cast into some doubt at the end of last season after he was left out of the starting lineup for the final two matches having violated a team rule.

However, he posted career-high tallies of 71 tackles and 7.5 sacks last season, taking part in his first Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for Justin Smith of the San Francisco 49ers.

Dareus was chosen with the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and has since started 35 matches in his first three seasons with the Bills.

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