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Done Deal: Bills Sign First-Round Pick Dareus

It’s been a busy morning already for the Buffalo Bills, with big news coming just shortly before noon that the Bills and third overall pick Marcell Dareus have reached an agreement on a four-year contract worth $20.4 million, all of which is guranteed. 

Buffalo has an option to retain Dareus for a fifth year.

Dareus, 6-3 323-pound standout defensive tackle from the University of Alabama, will report to training camp where it’s almost a certainty that he’ll step in and become a starter on the Bills’ defense line alongside Dwan Edwards and Kyle Williams. 

The Bills are depending on the 2010 national championship game MVP to become a disruptive force and improve the NFL’s worst-ranked rushing defense.  With his signing, Dareus becomes the Bills’ first, first-round draft choice to report to training camp on time in two seasons.  Last year, first-round pick C.J. Spiller missed over a week of training camp before agreeing to a contract on Aug.6.  In 2009, first-rounder Aaron Maybin didn’t sign until Aug.21st and missed all of training camp.

Along with Dareus, the Bills have also come to terms on contracts with a pair of North Carolina teammates.  Buffalo has signed safety Da’Norris Searcy, who announced his signing via his Twitter account.  Fellow UNC product running back Johnny White was a bit more secretive, tweeting “happiest day of my life.”  So if were to draw our own conclusions,  it’s likely White has inked his contract with the Bills.   

With this mornings trio of signees, that leaves second-round pick Aaron Williams (CB, Texas) and third-rounder Kelvin Sheppard (LB, LSU) as the last remaining unsigned rookies


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