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Bills, Dareus agree to six-year contract extension

The Buffalo Bills announced they have agreed to a contract extension with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the deal, saying it is worth $108 million over six years, with $60 million guaranteed.

The actual breakdown, The Buffalo News has learned from multiple sources close to the situation, goes as follows:

Dareus' base new money (besides the $7.586 million he is due this season) is $95 million, tied to an annual base of $15.85 million in the six additional years on his contract.

With likely to be earned bonuses, his annual pay increases to $16.75 million per year, pushing his total new money to $100.35 million. Over seven seasons, that total could reach $108 million.

Dareus' total guarantees (not full guarantees) add up to $60 million.

Dareus made it clear, in multiple conversations with The News, that he was seeking a deal in the range of the six-year, $114-million free-agent deal to which the Miami Dolphins signed fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

A team source had told The News that the Bills wanted to get the extension done before the start of the regular season. If not, they intended to break off talks, allow Dareus to play out the final year of his current contract and were prepared to place a franchise tag on him after the season, if necessary.

"Marcell Dareus is a tremendous player and we feel he has a great opportunity to reach his potential as a player and leader here with the Buffalo Bills," Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said in a statement released by the team. "Throughout the process, we wanted Marcell to remain a Buffalo Bill for the long term and he made it clear to us that he wanted to continue his career in Buffalo. I commend Bills senior vice president of football administration Jim Overdorf and Todd France, Marcell Dareus' agent, for completing this deal before the start of the 2015 season.

"I also thank Terry and Kim Pegula for being committed to our philosophy of retaining an All-Pro talent like Marcell Dareus."

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