The Buffalo Bills today reached a contract agreement with first round draft choice Marcell Dareus. Dareus, a defensive end from the University of Alabama, was the third overall pick in the NFL draft. His contract is worth $20.4 million for four years, according to a league source. It is fully guaranteed, as are the contracts of most of the first-round draft choices this year.
The Bills will have an option to retain him for a fifth year, according to league rules.
Dareus, a 6-3, 323-pounder, will step in immediately as a starter on the Bills' three-man defensive line. The Bills are counting on his presence to help improve the 32nd-ranked run defense in the NFL.
Dareus was the defensive Most Valuable Player in Alabama's victory over Texas in the January 2010 national championship game.
The Bills have also signed Da'Norris Searcy, a defensive back taken in the fourth round, and Johnny White, a running back taken in the fifth round.
The Bills have signed seven of their nine draft picks.
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