The Bills have picked up the fifth-year option for 2015 on former first-round choice Marcell Dareus, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Bills GM Doug Whaley recently said that a contract extension for the defensive tackle was “on the radar,” but he’s apparently content to wait things out.
As shown in our 2015 Fifth-Year Option Tracker, Dareus will earn $10.633MM in his final year under the current contract. Dareus was taken with the No. 3 overall pick and as someone chosen in the top ten, his 2015 salary matches the 2014 transition tag salary for his position.
The 24-year-old hasn’t missed a game over the course of his three-year career and, statistically, last season was his best yet. In 16 starts, Dareus racked up 45 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and three pass deflections.