Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus reached a plea agreement with Hamburg Town Court on Tuesday that brings an end to a year-long legal situation stemming from a drag race and a crashed Jaguar last May.
Per the terms of the agreement, Dareus will pay two traffic tickets and host a free football camp for Erie County youth this summer.
#Bills DT Dareus reached plea agreement to have misdemeanor charges dropped for crashing his 2012 Jaguar into a tree last year.— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) April 7, 2015
Dareus agreed to being ticketed with two traffic violations _ failure to keep right and imprudent speed— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) April 7, 2015
Dareus also pledged to host a free football camp for Erie County high school players this summer.— John Wawrow (@john_wawrow) April 7, 2015
This plea agreement, coupled with a pre-trial intervention program that Dareus completed prior to training camp last summer for a separate incident involving felony drug charges, means that by and large, Dareus is out of hot water from a legal perspective after his tumultuous run last spring.
The question now becomes whether or not the NFL will levy any further punishment for Dareus. It is not out of the question, despite the legal resolutions; Dareus' Bills teammate, linebacker Nigel Bradham, was suspended for one game last year, nearly a year after his own marijuana incident had been handled in the court system.
Dareus, 25, is coming off of a season in which he made his second consecutive Pro Bowl and was named a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press. He could be signing a record-breaking contract with the Bills in the (relatively) near future, as well.