Garafolo: Bills shopped a number of defensive players

September 11, 2017
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While the Bills certainly weren’t shy about doing some housecleaning going into this season, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo says there could’ve been quite a bit more.

During an interview with NFL Insider Ian Rapoport that focused on the uncertain future of Marcell Dareus with the Bills, Garafolo mentioned that the defense could’ve seen additional changes.

“You know, on the day of final cuts, I heard from several people around the league…if you play defense for the Bills, you were available via trade. They had a lot of guys on that side of the ball they were potentially looking to move. [Marcell] Dareus may have been one of them.”

It’s important to note that Garafolo clarified his comments afterwards via twitter.

For his part, Dareus, the third overall selection in the 2011 draft, was blanked on the scoresheet during Buffalo’s 21-12 win over the New York Jets, while playing only 34 out of 58 defensive snaps.

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doubled
doubled

Not sure if Dareus didn’t play as much because of his injury or issues with the coach, but it sure doesn’t seem like he’ll be here after this year.

jeffismagic
jeffismagic

That would be a huge mistake. Buffalo already has one of the worst 25 and under rosters in the NFL. Dareus might be over 25 but he one of only 2 elite players on this team. The other is Shady and Mcdermott traded away Sammy.

Collecting character guys and possession receivers and 28 year old running backs and over 30 year old fullbacks will not get this team anywhere but the basement.

doubled
doubled

Well, maybe he doesn’t want to be here. I know he’s dealt with personal issues and all that, and sometimes you wonder if that combined with the big $ he’s made makes it tougher for him to stay motivated. Maybe it’s a lazy take but I wouldn’t pin it on anybody. He just seems like a different bird.

MJP
MJP

It will be more expensive to cut him than keep him until after next season, and if he plays poorly it’s unlikely they’ll find a trade partner willing to take on any significant portion of his guaranteed money.

pi2000
pi2000

Hughes probably shopped too. Dareus should’ve been cut IMO.

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