Dareus has been a full-time starter for four seasons and has contributed to an average of more than 50 tackles a year.
Dareus is entering the final year of his contract, and general manager Doug Whaley said he is optimistic that the team can work out an extension for the Pro Bowler.
"I'm optimistic, I am,” said Whaley. “Now will it come to fruition? There are a lot of moving parts, but I'm optimistic when both sides are trying to find a solution where everybody feels they win. We've exchanged proposals and we're working hard. We want to get this thing done," said Whaley. "Something of this magnitude is going to take some time, but we're confident that both sides want to get this done."
Dareus recorded 48 tackles and 10 sacks in 15 games for the Bills last season.
After missing Wednesday's OTA session due to a non-injury issue,
"No, there's something else [besides an injury]," Ryan said. "We'll let them address it, if they want to."
"We'll wait and see what the Bills do," Dareus said. "It weighs on me heavily. Heavily. I've got to go out there and really perform and do what I have to do, which I always do—really have fun with it. Whatever the outcome is, is the outcome. However they want to play it is how they play it. I'm excited. I'm excited for the upcoming year."
Dareus will be suspended for the season opener as a result of an off-field incident last year and he said he's ready to move on.
"I'm happy we can finally move forward. It's been hanging over my head for a while," he said. "Just happy we can move forward and I can prepare myself for the season and just happy to be with my friends, my guys, my real family. Just really feeling a lot better right now."
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