GM: Bills have initial talks to re-sign Pro Bowl DT Marcell Dareus
MAY 27, 11:17p ET | AP
StatsLLC: May 27 / 12:00a ET
News: Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley tells The Associated Press he's had preliminary talks with Marcell Dareus in a bid to re-sign the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle before the start of training camp next month.
Impact: Whaley calls re-signing Dareus the team's top priority. He also intends to meet with Bills chief negotiator Jim Overdorf later Wednesday in an effort to speed up talks
Rotowire: May 21 / 1:02p ET
News: Dareus has been suspended for the Bills' season opener for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, wivb.com reports.
Impact: While Dareus -- who recorded 49 tackles and 10 sacks in 15 games last season -- can participate in the team's offseason program and preseason action, the Pro Bowler won't be eligible to suit up for Week 1, putting him on track to make his regular season debut on Sept. 20 against the Patriots.
StatsLLC: May 21 / 12:00a ET
News: Dareus will miss the season opener after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Impact: The NFL announced the suspension on Thursday. The suspension means the two-time Pro Bowl selection will miss Buffalo's home game against Indianapolis on Sept. 13. The punishment stems from Dareus being arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by Alabama State Police on May 5.