Marcell Dareus' tenure with the Buffalo Bills ended Friday night when he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here is a look at some of the events that defined his time in Western New York.
• April 28, 2011: Drafted in the first round, third overall by the Bills out of Alabama. His selection was the highest the Bills have picked since they took Bruce Smith first overall in 1985.
• July 29, 2011: Signs a four-year, $20.4 million rookie contract. "Growing up you never had the money," he said then. "But when you finally do get it there's so many things you always wanted. But at the same time you have to take into consideration you want it to last the rest of your life, invest it well and do the best you can with it."
• Sept. 9, 2012: Dareus' younger brother, Simeon Gilmore, is shot and killed in a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., one of many personal tragedies Dareus has endured both before and during his professional career.
• Dec. 29, 2013: Dareus is benched for the entire first half by coach Doug Marrone for chronic tardiness to team meetings. The benching comes a week after he sat out the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins as punishment for the same issue. The trade reunites Dareus with Marrone in Jacksonville.
• May 5, 2014: Arrested in Cleburne County, Ala., and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after being pulled over for speeding.
• May 30, 2014: Arrested by Hamburg police and charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest, all misdemeanors, as well as vehicle and traffic counts, including leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, failure to keep right, speeding and making an unsafe lane change after crashing his white 2012 Jaguar into a tree outside the Mongolian Buffet restaurant along McKinley Parkway while drag racing teammate Jerry Hughes.
“They know that I’m not a trouble guy,” Dareus said two days before the accident. “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.”
• May 21, 2015: Suspended for one game by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. "Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance," Dareus said in a statement. "The NFL's discipline for this conduct is part of the drug policy, and I apologize to my family, my teammates, the entire Bills organization and Bills fans that I will miss one game as a result of my mistake. I will work intensely that week and will be extremely happy to contribute to a win in week two for the Bills."
• Sept. 10, 2015: Signs a six-year, $96 million contract extension with the Bills that included $60 million in guarantees. "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," former General Manager Doug Whaley said in a statement announcing the contract. "Throughout this 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."
• Aug. 16, 2016: Suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. "We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches and the rest of the organization through his recent actions. From ownership down we have made it clear his behavior is unacceptable. We will continue to take the necessary steps to work with him in order that he adheres to the policies set forth by our league," the Bills said in a team statement announcing the suspension.
• Aug. 25, 2017: Sent home by the Bills before their preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens for a violation of team rules. "It's very disappointing. Any player that you have to send home, this is not the norm," General Manager Brandon Beane said. "This is not what you're looking for. Obviously a guy with his contract status, you would hope that he would be a better leader than that, and hopefully he learns from it and moves on and continues to be a Buffalo Bill.''
• Oct. 27, 2017: Traded by the Bills to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2018 conditional sixth-round draft pick. "We’re honestly making every decision on what we think helps the Bills today and tomorrow," Beane said.
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