Marcell Dareus gets $42.9 million fully guaranteed at signing

AP

We’ve gotten some of the salient details about the Marcell Dareus contract. The bad news for Dareus (and those who reported the initial numbers) is that the six-year extension doesn’t have a base value of $100 million, as others have reported. The deal is actually worth $95.1 million.

The great news for Dareus is that a lot of the money if fully guaranteed at signing. And the rest of the guarantees revert to full guarantees soon.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Dareus gets a signing bonus of $25 million, fully paid out by December. He also has a fully-guaranteed base salary of $3 million.

There’s a fully-guaranteed option bonus of $7 million due in March 2016, and his 2016 base salary of $7 million is fully guaranteed.

Also, the full guarantee moves to $55 million on the third day of the 2016 league year and to $60 million on the third day of the 2017 league year.

And while the guarantees for a given year can void if Dareus gets suspended again in that year, the cap hit for cutting him in 2016 would be $20 million. In 2017, it would be $20.6 million.

So he’ll be around for the next three years. Which is a pretty good deal for a guy who currently is unable to practice or play for the season opener due to a suspension.

33 responses to “Marcell Dareus gets $42.9 million fully guaranteed at signing

  1. Another brilliant structuring by the Bills (Overdorf, specifically). Lots of money, not overdoing it with the cap hits.

  2. This is why a team like Buffalo just stinks. They have not sniffed a playoff spot for years but they are handing out 43 million FULLY guaranteed dollars to interior d lineman. Oh and lets not forget now they are starting Tyrod Taylor at QB..good grief. God I am so glad to be a Pats fan!!

  3. I don’t understand why Buffalo just doesn’t give their entire salary cap to Dareus and Shady since they both feel they are worth it. Then they can get everyone else to play for the league minimum. They’d suck but at least Dareus and Shady would have something else to whine about.

  4. What a sad world we live in. This guy (good at his job, or otherwise) is under suspension. And while he’s under suspension, his employer not only negotiates with him, they give him a huge raise.

    This is like me getting suspended at work for misbehavior, then being promoted to VP while I’m still out on suspension.

    Something is seriously wrong with those values.

  5. Not bad for a guy who bad mouth the Bills saying 90 million was a spit in his face. As a Bills fan I was a bit turned off by his attitude. Never heard DT Kyle Williams complain once who by the got half of what Marcell got. All I can say is he better play his ass off or the Bills fans will turn on him faster than you know!!! GO BILLS

  6. gettape says:Sep 10, 2015 2:56 PM

    This is why a team like Buffalo just stinks. They have not sniffed a playoff spot for years but they are handing out 43 million FULLY guaranteed dollars to interior d lineman. Oh and lets not forget now they are starting Tyrod Taylor at QB..good grief. God I am so glad to be a Pats fan!!
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    Yes, I bet you are happy to be a Patriots fan. Hopefully you don’t teach your children to cheat like your team does. Brady takes less money because he knows he can’t play on any other team. He wouldn’t have Ernie Adams cracking all the signals for Tommy Boy. Dude was never even a full time starter in college, some limp noodle arm QB who is drafted in the 6th round and becomes a superstar? Don’t you find that funny has never happened to any other QB in the history of the game?

  7. billswillnevermove says:
    Sep 10, 2015 2:54 PM
    Best DT in the game, yes better than Suh. Look at the stats for both in their first 4 years

    In Suh’s defense. Once teams saw his size and power, they pretty much put him on Permanent Double Team since he was drafted.

  8. orivar- Dareus can’t get double teamed all the time on the Bills D line. Teams have to account for Pro Bowl Kyle Williams next to him. They have to account for Mario Williams next to him on the other side. They have to account for Pro Bowler Jerry Hughes at the other D end. It impossible to double all 4 on that defensive line. Watch out NFL – the Cold Front is coming

  9. Nice! He definitely gave the Bills a little bit of a home town discount, and lessened his cap hit a bit and in return the Bills gave him more guaranteed money up front. The guy hasn’t even hit his peak yet, so I’m not worried about him getting cut or not living up to the contract. He will continue to be an absolute beast on the field and will continue improving like he has every year since he entered the league.
    The Bills re-signed their best player. Great day to be a Bills fan!

  10. “The bad news for Dareus (and those who reported the initial numbers) is that the six-year extension doesn’t have a base value of $100 million, as others have reported. The deal is actually worth $95.1 million.”

    What can you buy with $100 million that you can’t buy with $95.1 million?

  11. billswillnevermove says:
    Sep 10, 2015 3:16 PM

    Yes, I bet you are happy to be a Patriots fan. Hopefully you don’t teach your children to cheat like your team does. Brady takes less money because he knows he can’t play on any other team. He wouldn’t have Ernie Adams cracking all the signals for Tommy Boy. Dude was never even a full time starter in college, some limp noodle arm QB who is drafted in the 6th round and becomes a superstar? Don’t you find that funny has never happened to any other QB in the history of the game?
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    Lawl. Whatever you have to tell yourself to make it through the day.

    Kurt Warner was an undrafted free agent, and he turned out pretty good.

  12. Teams with out any other franchise players can afford to pay 100 million for a DT. Maybe he can play QB as well?

  13. I am a die hard bills fan but I think it is totally wrong that anyone is being payed that kind of money to play a game, and it is just a game, when the games over we all go home and go about are weekly business at work and home. These boys are making more money in one year playing a game than several hard working people make in a life time. We have boys over seas playing the ultimate game, having there limbs being blown off,or getting killed, what are they getting payed for paying the ultimate price. these player complain they need more money, for what, playing a game, people need to take a long hard look what has happened to professional sports. These boys went to college, I would really like to see what some of these boys majored in, motel management, basket weaving, etc. Because without football some of these guys would be lucky to be working at Mcdonalds.

  14. orivar says:
    Sep 10, 2015 3:17 PM
    billswillnevermove says:
    Sep 10, 2015 2:54 PM
    Best DT in the game, yes better than Suh. Look at the stats for both in their first 4 years

    In Suh’s defense. Once teams saw his size and power, they pretty much put him on Permanent Double Team since he was drafted.
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    You do know that Dareus has gotten the exact same treatment since his rookie year, right?

  15. freebird2102 says:
    Sep 10, 2015 4:19 PM

    I am a die hard bills fan but I think it is totally wrong that anyone is being payed that kind of money to play a game, and it is just a game, when the games over we all go home and go about are weekly business at work and home. These boys are making more money in one year playing a game than several hard working people make in a life time. We have boys over seas playing the ultimate game, having there limbs being blown off,or getting killed, what are they getting payed for paying the ultimate price. these player complain they need more money, for what, playing a game, people need to take a long hard look what has happened to professional sports. These boys went to college, I would really like to see what some of these boys majored in, motel management, basket weaving, etc. Because without football some of these guys would be lucky to be working at Mcdonalds.
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    What a buzzkill you are. You must be great at parties.

  16. While Suh maybe the best all around DT – McCoy is right now is the most effective DT. His speed rush causes incredible pressure. If the Bucs could find a Rush end the combination would be consistently lethal.

    I think Atkins comes next so that leaves Dareus as the 4th best player at his position – but now holding a top payday.

    BTW – I think all four are worth the money.

  17. freebird2102 says:
    Sep 10, 2015 4:19 PM
    I am a die hard bills fan but I think it is totally wrong that anyone is being payed that kind of money to play a game, and it is just a game
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    Identifying yourself as a die hard Bills fan and posting your comment on a site that promotes professional sports makes me wonders how serious you are about either statement.

  18. Those who are against this move have never seen this guy play. He is a monster and a nightmare match up for any opponent. If he tested the FA market next year he may have gotten more than Suh.

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