The Jacksonville Jaguars officially announced the acquisition of Marcell Dareus from the Bills on Saturday after Dareus passed his physical.
The Bills sent Dareus, the team's highest-paid player, to Jacksonville on Friday night in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2018. The pick can become a fifth-rounder if Dareus remains on the roster and the Jaguars make the playoffs.
In a statement Saturday, Jaguars executive vice president of football operation Tom Coughlin said, “Marcell Dareus is an experienced player who has been productive throughout his career. He will be a good fit with our team and our defense. We expect him to be stout against the run and to be able to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. This was a great opportunity to acquire a proven player who can come in and help us immediately.”
The Jags are sixth in the NFL in total defense, including second against the pass, but are No. 31 against the run. Dareus' addition seems like a move made to bolster the run defense. It is possible Dareus could end playing nose tackle in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars are on their bye week. Dareus' debut should come Nov. 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Dareus had his lone sack this season in the Bills' 20-16 loss in Cincinnati on Oct. 8.