Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

27 Oct 2017

Bills Trade Marcell Dareus to Jacksonville

Surprising move for a pair of surprising teams this year: the 4-2 Buffalo Bills have traded defensive tackle Marcell Dareus to the 4-3 Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round pick in 2018. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the pick could be a fifth-rounder based on Dareus' performance.

Dareus will re-join ex-Bills coach Doug Marrone in Jacksonville. The Jaguars have had nearly impossible splits in DVOA so far this season, fielding the league's best overall defense despite ranking dead-last against the run. That latter ranking should rise now that they are adding a two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle who is still only 27 years old.

For the Bills, this is mostly about dumping an enormous amount of salary. Dareus has been in and out of the starting lineup under new head coach Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier, and has had numerous off-field woes. They will save more than $8 million in cap space over the next two years, and rid themselves of the last three years of Dareus' contract, which would have included a cap hit of at least $14.7 million from 2019 to 2021.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 27 Oct 2017

16 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2017, 9:06am by Mr Shush


by theslothook :: Fri, 10/27/2017 - 8:43pm

Why couldn't the colts make this move???

by xydux :: Sat, 10/28/2017 - 1:18am

Well, here are some possible reasons:
Because they're the Colts.
Because their new GM is trying to clear Grigson's screwups off of the roster and can't really make any huge "acquisition" moves.
Because Dareus doesn't play a position that wins games on its lonesome and the Colts aren't in a position to help him do so.
Because Pagano would likely misuse him.
Because the Colts have accepted that they suck without Luck and that Luck...probably isn't going to come back while they're more than theoretically in contention (speaking of which: are they, or have they passed into "only theoretically in contention" status yet?).

Not trying to be nasty towards the Colts, just stating what things look like from a non-Colts fan standpoint (and why the Colts couldn't make this move).

by Noah Arkadia :: Sat, 10/28/2017 - 12:36pm

First the Colts suck for Luck, now they suck for lack of Luck. They had their own Luck, then they lost their Luck. Now that they lack Luck, they need to make their own luck instead of waiting for their old Luck to come back, or else they'll just suck and suck and suck, and good luck with that.

by dcl0 :: Sat, 10/28/2017 - 5:55pm


by Mr Shush :: Sun, 10/29/2017 - 5:38pm

Is this the part where they're supposed to kiss Lindsay Lohan?

by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:31pm

Hahaha I would pay $7 to see this

by Noah Arkadia :: Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:54am

Had to google it, but it made me smile.

by Mr Shush :: Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:06am

Irony is having access to a world-altering, Dr Manhattan-level busted superpower, and using it to sell McFly records.

by big10freak :: Sat, 10/28/2017 - 6:37am

Man, the Packers have all kinds of picks in 2018. One would think Ted could bring himself to give up a sixth rounder

by LionInAZ :: Sat, 10/28/2017 - 8:45pm

1. Probably doesn't fit in Capers scheme

2. Costs too much to suit Thompson

3. What does it matter with Rodgers out the rest of the season?

by big10freak :: Sun, 10/29/2017 - 12:52pm

Capers scheme has not impressed in some time.


When premium talent becomes available you should try and acquire it.

by justanothersteve :: Sun, 10/29/2017 - 2:21pm

1. I wouldn't be too sure. I'm not sure what Capers scheme is anymore other than random blitzing that works but gives up huge plays alternating with an ineffective prevent that never works.

Agreed on 2 & 3

I think Dareus would be worth it. Put him with Clark and Daniels and that's one hell of a front line.

by dank067 :: Sun, 10/29/2017 - 3:45pm

It would make for a great 3 man defensive front but it's just not a position of need and they'd be paying a premium (in terms of salary) to have him on the team. Teams are happy enough to spread the Packers out and throw all over them as it is; the three would rarely even see the field together.

by LionInAZ :: Tue, 10/31/2017 - 1:41am

It doesn't matter one whit what you think of the defensive scheme, it's what the coaching staff thinks, until Capers is gone, one way or another. He's still the DC, right?

by Cogitus :: Sat, 10/28/2017 - 11:33am

While I'm glad Dareus and that contract is gone (thx Doug Whaley), I was hoping the Bills would get a little more value in a trade since Dareus is still perceived to be good and full of potential despite being replacement level or worse the last 3 seasons...I guess the league is on to him.

by billprudden :: Sat, 10/28/2017 - 12:07pm

From prospective trade partner's perspective:

1) A lot of cash per game.
2) For what level of return?
3) What kind of presence in locker room?
4) Does he take away from some youngster's playing time?
5) Picks is picks...

On another note, it pleases me to see Khan finally spending money. They were like 70m below the cap for a stretch there...