Vic Carruci of the Buffalo News reports that extension talks talks continue between the Bills and DT Marcell Dareus are ongoing and the team would like to have a deal in place before the season opener this weekend.
Carucci previously reported that the Bills had offered Dareus a six-year contract extension that would pay him more than $90 million.
However, Dareus is reportedly seeking well over $90 million in his next contract, so it appears as though the Bills are willing to come close to his asking price.
Dareus later expressed some frustration with contract talks, despite the team’s reported big-money offer.
“They’re making it hard,” Dareus said, per Tyler Dunne. “And it’s just really making me unhappy. I feel like they don’t really want me here.
“I feel like they don’t want me here as bad as I want to be here,” Dareus added, per Dunne. “I feel like they’re saying, ‘Whatever. You come a dime a dozen.”
The Bills decided to pick up his fifth-year option, which will pay him a salary of $8.06 million for the 2015 season.
Dareus, 25, is a former No. 3 overall pick and would be among the most sought-after players in next year’s free agent market if the two sides don’t have an agreement in place before then.
Last year, Dareus appeared in 15 games and recorded 49 total tackles, one forced fumble, and a career high of nine sacks. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 4 defensive tackle out of 81 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding the Bills and Dareus as the news is available.