The Bills are getting it done on D this year.
Buffalo is trading DT Marcell Dareus to Jacksonville, sources tell ESPN. Dareus being reunited with HC Doug Marrone.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2017
In exchange for Marcell Dareus, Buffalo is receiving 2018 sixth-round pick that can go to fifth-round pick based on performance, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2017
The 27-year-old Dareus, a two-time Pro Bowler, provides a big boost for the Jaguars, one of the surprises of the NFL this year. It's a reunion of sorts, as Jags head coach Doug Marrone led the Bills in 2013 and '14, during which time Dareus posted the best numbers of his career.
A conditional pick may not sound like a huge haul for a talented player, but the Bills' motivations here are clear. Getting Dareus's contract off their ledger -- a six-year, $95 million deal signed before the start of the 2015 season -- gives them all the more breathing room under the salary cap.
We'll soon get to find out if Buffalo can get it done without the big Alabama man.
For Jacksonville, perhaps this is the kind of move that the unlikeliest of playoff runs are made of.