“In the near future,” Whaley said. “He will be priority No. 1 once the dust settles post-draft, maybe even before then, just to get the ball rolling.”
Dareus, 25, has only missed one game in his four-year career with the Bills, recording 202 total tackles, 28.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
The two-time Pro Bowler is playing in the last year of his rookie contract.
"After we get done with all the unrestricted (free agents) and all we have to do this offseason then we would start to broach that subject," Whaley said.
Dareus is entering the final year of his contract after racking up a career-high 10 sacks in 2014.
Dareus is "charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and reckless driving, and several violations of vehicle and traffic law, following what police said was a drag race last May 30," the paper said. "He allegedly fled after crashing a luxury vehicle into a tree near a restaurant near the McKinley Mall, then was arrested minutes later."
Attorneys will argue motions March 12.
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Dareus was listed as out after Friday's practice. He finishes his season with 48 total tackles and 10 sacks for the Bills.
Buffalo is a 5-point underdog on Sunday.
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