Updates from Friday, May 30
Joe Buscaglia of WGR Radio reports the latest on Dareus:
Marcell Dareus is out on the field today. #Bills— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) May 30, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 28
Mike Rodak of ESPN provides Marcell Dareus' comments on his arrest:
Marcell Dareus on his arrest: “It’s not what you guys think. The media put things out there the wrong way."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 28, 2014
Dareus declined to say what was inaccurate about the reports. “I didn’t really pay that much attention to it. I got a lot of text messages."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 28, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 7
Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News provides a statement from Bills GM Doug Whaley:
“We are, obviously, disappointed with this latest development involving Marcell Dareus. We will be in contact with the league regarding the situation and continue to offer support and assistance to Marcell.”
ESPN's Mike Rodak has the latest on Dareus:
Booking photo of Bills DL Marcell Dareus, who was arrested in Alabama on felony drug charges Monday night: pic.twitter.com/lcrBYPQf3a— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 7, 2014
Possession of a controlled substance is a Class C felony in Alabama and carries a minimum 1-year prison sentence if convicted.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) May 7, 2014
Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Dareus won't be protected from suspension because it's his first offense:
There are two possible ways NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could suspend Dareus under the league's substances-of-abuse and personal-conduct policies.
And it wouldn't matter that this is Dareus' first known offense.
From the substances-of-abuse policy:
"A player will normally be subject to discipline up to and including suspension without pay for four regular and/or postseason games for a first violation of the law related to substances of abuse other than alcohol and for six regular and/or postseason games for a second violation of the law related to substances of abuse other than alcohol."
A lesser charge wouldn't help either, per Graham:
Dareus won't necessarily avoid discipline if he's found not guilty or if he pleads to a lesser offense. Goodell has the ability to suspend players for making the NFL look bad.
From the NFL's personal-conduct policy:
"It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. Instead, as an employee of the NFL or a member club, you are held to a higher standard and expected to conduct yourself in a way that is responsible, promotes the values upon which the league is based and is lawful.
"Persons who fail to live up to this standard of conduct are guilty of conduct detrimental and subject to discipline, even where the conduct itself does not result in conviction of a crime."
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was arrested Monday night in Cleburne County, Alabama.
Travis Leder of WVUA-TV in Alabama reported that Dareus didn't spend more than an hour in jail:
Leder later reported that the charge was possession of synthetic cannabis:
WHAM 13 in Rochester, New York confirmed the news as well:
13WHAM has learned #Bills DT Marcell Dareus was arrested in Alabama for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.— 13WHAM (@13WHAM) May 7, 2014
Thad Brown of WROC-TV in Rochester believes that while this incident doesn't sound serious, it may put the player's future with the Bills in jeopardy:
Since being drafted third overall in the 2011 NFL draft, Dareus' career has largely been a disappointment, given the amount of hype he had coming out of Alabama. He did, however, show some promise last year, recording 7.5 sacks and 71 total tackles en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Rather than signing him to a long-term extension, Buffalo chose instead to exercise his fifth-year option back in April, meaning it will pay him $8.06 million in 2015. That money is fully guaranteed even in the event of an injury, according to CBSSports.com's Will Brinson.
Bleacher Report's Darren Page wonders if Dareus' arrest will make the Bills approach the draft in search of a new defensive tackle:
Marcell Dareus arrested? Scurry to fix your mock with a DT to the Bills!— Darren Page (@DarrenPage15) May 7, 2014
Of course, until the full details are revealed, it's unfair to jump to any major conclusions regarding Dareus or his future with Buffalo. But there's no question that the Bills will be looking at his long-term viability, especially considering this arrest comes after he was punished by the team.
If Buffalo does draft somebody like Aaron Donald at ninth overall on Thursday, it could have a ripple effect on the rest of the first round.