The Buffalo Bills always seem to let first rounders walk and it is because usually they demand more money, or the Bills feel they can find a better value in a player either in the draft or via free agency. If you go back over the past decade the Buffalo Bills do not do a good job at keeping their first round picks intact in Buffalo.
The team let Antoine Winfield, Antoine Smith, Nate Clements, Willis McGahee, J.P. Losman, Donte Whitner, John McCargo, Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Maybin all walk in free agency or traded them before they hit free agency. Well the team has another player that they were hoping to keep on their roster, and that was Marcell Dareus who is coming off of his best season. Well while the team would love to keep him, the kid continues to make dumb decisions.
On May 7th, 2014 the Alabama Department of Public Safety confirmed to us that Dareus was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia Monday after he was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 20 in Cleburne County. Dareus was released Monday night on $3,000 bond, an official at the Cleburne County Jail confirmed to AL.com, and it did not make the Bills brass happy.
Bills general Manager Doug Whaley released a statement on the matter Wednesday.
“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.”
Well Dareus continues to mess up. According to the Buffalo News, Dareus is facing 7 more misdemeanor charges for drag racing in the City of Hamburg.
Dareus, the third pick of the 2011 draft, got hit with seven more charges last week after an alleged car racing incident. The Buffalo News said Dareus faces three misdemeanor charges and four traffic and vehicle charges. According to the Buffalo News’ sources, Dareus left the scene after a car race that resulted in property damage. One of the charges is reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor that could result in one year in jail, the Buffalo News said. The other two misdemeanors are for reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest.
Dareus was arrested on Friday. That’s two days after he told the media he wasn’t the type of player who gets into trouble off the field saying this:
“They know that I’m not a trouble guy,” Dareus said last Wednesday, according to the Buffalo News. “They know I’m not the type of person that’s trying to look for any trouble. I’m not trying to do anything. Things happen and we’re moving forward and they know I’m going to grow into the guy they want me to be.”
This does not sound like a person that is growing up, a matter a fact it sounds sort of like Marshawn Lynch’s situation. Lynch was nailed every other day with an allegation it seemed when he was in Buffalo. He was involved in a hit and run, and then was getting hit with allegation after allegation. The Bills had to trade Lynch to the Seahawks for a 3rd and 5th round pick after wasting a first rounder on him in 2007. The team could be faced with another decision soon, but if they are not willing to work with players that have off the field issues, maybe they should stop bringing them on board. Obviously, Dareus draft class looked a lot better on paper, but they have turned into some cold trash off the field. Both Von Miller and Dareus have been in numerous problems, and if you throw in Aldon Smith, it seems like the entire 2011 defensive draft class needs a change of scenery. Dareus could be one of the first to get shown the door if he don’t get his head out of his butt.