AFC East

Marcell Dareus’ Decisions Show he Values Himself over his Teammates

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) heads to the field before playing the Miami Dolphins in an NFL football game, in Orchard Park, N.Y. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the NFL has suspended Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for the first four games of the season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, because the suspension has not been announced by the league or the team.(AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

The Buffalo Bills learned of the disappointing news on Tuesday that its star defensive tackle is suspended four games for a positive test for marijuana. Dareus is one of the best defensive lineman in football, but this personal decision shows he cares more about himself than his teammates that are depending on his talents.

The Bills were very disappointed in this news as an organization and offered a strong endorsement against Dareus’ decision in a team statement.

“We are very disappointed Marcell chose to put himself first, before his teammates, coaches, the rest of the organization, and fans through his recent actions,” stated the Bills organization. “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.”

This was a costly decision for Dareus as he will be out some of the money in his contract along with the four game suspension. Dareus will lose $1.505 million from his contract that includes his signing bonus and option bonus.

The Bills will be losing money as well as part of Darues’ decision. The Bills will be subject to a steep fine due to the NFL’s remittance policy by having multiple players suspended in a single season.

Dareus is a major talent as he made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014. He was the third-overall pick in the 2011 draft and earned a six-year, $100 million extension with the Bills last September.

This is another big blow to the Bills defense that will already be without two of its top draft picks Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland due to injury. The Bills will now be missing three potential starters in its opening day lineup. In a season that head coach Rex Ryan may be on the hot seat, this is another event putting the team on the track to fall short of the playoffs once again.

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