JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars on Friday moved to make a strong defense even stronger.
Marcell Dareus, a seventh-year defensive tackle, on Friday was acquired by the Jaguars in a trade from the Buffalo Bills. Dareus was a first-round selection by Buffalo in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Jaguars acquired Dareus in exchange for a sixth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. The teams announced the move – which is contingent on Dareus passing a physical.
Dareus (6-feet-3, 331 pounds), the No. 3 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft from Alabama, has started 85 career games and has missed just 11 games. He has 35.0 career sacks.
The Jaguars rank sixth in the NFL in total defense – second in pass defense and 31st in run defense. They have allowed just over 192 yards a game rushing in their three losses this season.
Dareus played two seasons under Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone, who was the Bills' head coach in 2013 and 2014. Dareus had 7.5 and 10 sacks, respectively, in those two seasons – the two highest sacks totals of his career.