National Football League notebook: Jaguars land Pro Bowl DT Dareus from Bills

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The Buffalo Bills have traded defensive tackle MarcellDareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round pick in 2018. In return, the Bills will receive a sixth-round pick that can eventually turn into a fifth-rounder based on his performance. He was the team's highest-paid player, having signed a six-year extension worth up to $96 million in 2015.

The Bills are able to save $8 million in cap space, but;leaves Buffalo with $10.66 and $14.2 million dollars in dead cap space the remainder of the 2017 season and in 2018.

Dareus has been suspended twice for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, in 2015 and 2016, and he was sent home from a preseason game this year.

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In his first several months as Buffalo Bills general manager, Brandon Beane has shed some notable players via trade. 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. He also made the Pro Football Writers of America all-Rookie team in 2011 after the Bills drafted him third overall.

"Jacksonville reached out to us today, we thought about it and thought it was a good move for the Bills and Marcell", Beane told reporters on a conference call late Friday night. A month later, police in Hamburg, NY arrested Dareus in connection with a drag race that resulted in an accident. So far in 2017, Dareus has only managed to accumulate eight tackles and a sack, however, Pro Football Focus now has him down with a grade of 80.0.

The Jaguars (4-3) opted to keep Jones over Roy Miller - who is now with Kansas City, and he hasn't played badly - but Jacksonville doesn't have an experienced backup behind him. The seventh-year pro out of Alabama already has two Pro Bowls to his resume.

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