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Marcell Dareus trade saves Bills space under salary cap now and next year

The Buffalo Bills' decision to trade Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night can be looked at as a straight salary dump.

By dealing Dareus prior to Week Eight, the Bills avoid paying the remaining $5.735 million in base salary due to him over the last nine weeks of the season. Dareus will still count $10.66 million against this year's cap, but that's down from the $16.4 million he was scheduled to take up. As of Friday night, NFLPA records had the Bills with $7.332 million in space under the salary cap, which ranked as the 16th most in the league heading into next year.

Marcell Dareus traded to Jacksonville Jaguars

In 2018, Dareus will count $14.2 million against the Bills' cap – the remaining amount of bonus money already paid out to him. They will see a cap savings of $2.375 million in 2018.

Dareus signed a six-year, $96 million extension early in the 2015 season. The 2019-21 years will not count against the Bills' cap.

Dareus' contract, negotiated by former General Manager Doug Whaley and Senior Vice President of Football Operations Jim Overdorf, is easily one of the worst in team history. By getting back just a sixth-round draft pick in 2018, it's clear the Bills were desperate to get out from under it.

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