Tonawanda News


May 29, 2014

Dareus looking to move on from drug arrest


Tonawanda News — The Bills picked up a fifth-year option on Dareus’ contract at the end of April, keeping him under contract through 2015. Dareus knows he’ll need to stay out of trouble if he hopes to receive a long-term extension in Buffalo.

“They really put a lot of emphasis on it,” Dareus said. “We sat and talked as a group. They believe in me, they know that I’m not a trouble guy, they know that I’m not the person that is trying to look for any trouble, I’m not trying to do anything wrong. It’s just things happen and we’re moving forward, and they know I’m going to grow into the guy that they want me to be and continue to put myself in positions to get better.”

Dareus was one of the last players off the field following Buffalo’s practice Wednesday, putting in extra time with his pass-rushing work. He hesitated to call his most recent non-football development a wake-up call, but it’s clear that he’s eager to put the last six months behind him.

“Wake-up call? Of course, but at the same time, I’m here,” Dareus said. “I’m here with my guys, I’m here with the great fans of Buffalo, I feel at home and ... I’m away from all the mess and I can focus and I can just be myself and have fun.”

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Top draft pick Watkins signsrookie pact

The Buffalo Bills signed first-round pick Sammy Watkins to his rookie contract Wednesday.

The Bills announced the signing shortly after the team’s first session of organized team activities.

Buffalo moved up five spots in the draft in a trade with Cleveland to select Clemson’s Watkins fourth overall. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound wideout is known for his explosive playmaking abilities and his speed and good hands.

Buffalo is counting on Watkins to immediately step into the starting lineup for a team that has not been to the playoffs since 1999, the NFL’s longest current drought.

- The Associated Press

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