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Update: Dareus, Bills agree to $100M deal

Dareus now second highest paid DT

UPDATE: Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills have agreed to a 6-year contract extension worth $100 mliion with $60 million guaratneed. The new deal goes into effect after this season, so he is set to make $108 million over seven years. This makes Dareus the NFL's second highest paid defensie tackle. More coverage and reaction coming.

Those working to keep star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus with the Buffalo Bills for the foreseeable future are feeling better about their chances after Wednesday's round of negotiations. The Bills are up against a self-imposed deadline to extend Dareus before the team kicks off the season this weekend.

A source familiar with the negotiations told Buffalo Football Report that both sides were close to a final deal Wednesday night. "Solid progress" was made toward the common goal of keeping the dominate "Mr. Big Stuff" with the Bills.

Dareus is expecting one of the richest contracts ever awarded to a defensive tackle. The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He was the third overall pick in the 2011 draft. His new deal could approach the contract that Ndamukong Suh, 28, signed with Miami this offseason, worth $114 million, $60 million of it guaranteed, over six years.

Dareus said regardless of whether an extension is agreed to before he takes the field for the first time this regular season Sept. 20 as the Bills host division rival New England Patriots, he won't let the process affect his play.

"I love this game. I love beating people into the ground; that's my thing," Dareus said in a press conference Aug. 20. "I'm not going to let this bother me at all. I don't want to have to worry about it and I just want to have my mind on football."

Dareus is perhaps the most dominating force on one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. In 2013, he had a breakout year with 71 tackles and 7.5 sacks. In 2014, Dareus had 48 tackles with 10 sacks, both seasons earning a Pro Bowl berth. He has also been durable, missing only one game in four years with the Bills. But he will miss at least one game this season, as he will sit out the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts due to a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

The Bills also are looking to extend linebacker Nigel Bradham and starting left tackle Cordy Glenn. Formal talks with those players' agents have not taken place yet. The team has not announced whether it would engage in contract talks after the season begins, but a source said the team is waiting to see how its dealings with Dareus work out before approaching the others who are scheduled to become free agents at the end of the upcoming season.

Bradham was a 2012 fourth-round pick by the Bills.  He is going into this season with 27 starts, having recorded 212 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and an interception.

Glenn was drafted by Buffalo in the second round in 2012. He has started 45 of 48 games, including all 16 in each of the past two seasons.

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