On Saturday, May 3, the deadline hit for teams to exercise the fifth year option on their 2011 first-round rookies.
In the end, 21 of the 32 rookies of 2011 had their teams pick up their fifth-year option for 2015. Among the most notable was San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith, who had to wait right up to the deadline as quasi-punishment for his recent arrest at LAX for a fake bomb threat. Eventually, Smith got his fifth-year option, but he had to sweat it out.
That's definitely NOT the way to do it. On the other hand, Buffalo defensive tackle Marcell Dareus seems to have figured out how it's done.
Dareus got his option done and then decided to get into trouble. Here's what went down with Dareus this week, courtesy of ESPN.com:
HEFLIN, Ala. -- Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was arrested Monday night in Alabama on drug charges.
The Alabama State Troopers released a statement saying Dareus was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dareus was stopped for speeding, and the controlled substance charge is a felony, according to the statement.
"We are, obviously, disappointed with this latest development involving Marcell Dareus," general manager Doug Whaley said in a statement Wednesday. "We will be in contact with the league regarding the situation and continue to offer support and assistance to Marcell."
Dareus was selected third overall in the 2011 draft and is entering his fourth season with the Bills. The 24-year-old played at Alabama.
Last season, he had 7.5 sacks and 71 tackles and appeared in his first Pro Bowl.
The Bills exercised the fifth-year option on his contract in April. However, Dareus ran into trouble with first-year coach Doug Marrone last season and was held out from starting each of the Bills' final two games for violating a team rule.
Let's face it, with all sorts of off-the-field turmoil and tragedy surrounding the Bills (the death of owner Ralph Wilson, Jim Kelly's cancer), the last thing they needed was their Pro Bowl defensive tackle getting pinched for synthetic weed. Of course, there's the distinct possibility that Dareus had no desire to get a fifth year tacked onto his deal and the weed helps him cope.
After all, it is Buffalo.
The 2014 FCL standings are updated, with the Bills all of a sudden debuting in a tie for second place!
2014 FANTASY CRIME LEAGUE STANDINGS 1 point .. misdemeanor 3 points .. felony 10 points .. murder
49ERS .. 8 * 3/28/14: 49ers CB Chris Culliver is charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor reckless driving, and felony possession of brass knuckles. * 4/13/14: 49ers DE Aldon Smith is charged with MISDEMEANOR false report of a bomb threat.
COLTS .. 3 * 3/16/14: Colts owner Jim Irsay is arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance (felony)
RAVENS .. 3 * 2/14/14: Ravens RB Ray Rice is charged with third degree assault. * 2/21/14: Ravens WR Deonte Thompson is arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana. * 3/9/14: Raves OL Jah Reid is arrested on two counts of battery.
BILLS .. 3 * 5/7/14: Bills DT Marcell Dareus is arrested for felony possession of synthetic marijuana
FALCONS .. 1 * 2/18/14: Falcons WR Roddy White is arrested for failing to appear in court.
TITANS .. 1 * 3/20/14: Titans DE Adewale Ojomo is arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
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BENGALS .. 1 * 3/31/14: Bengals FB Orson Charles is charged with wanton endangerment.
RAMS .. 1 * 3/29/14: Rams CB Greg Reid is arrested for violating probation.
BEARS .. 1 * 4/21/14: Bears WR Josh Morgan is arrested for simple assault.