What if the Chicago Bears take a chance on Marcell Dareus
Damon Harrison is not going to be expensive, but he also is not going to come very cheaply. What about spending less on a player who has had a bit of a troubled past? This is not normally the case for the Chicago Bears lately. Ever since the Ray McDonald fiasco, the team has looked for guys on a more straightened arrow.
However, the guy I am referring to is not on the same level as McDonald when it comes to off the field issues. McDonald was a domestic violence offender. Marcell Dareus is a defensive tackle who has not been the same since his 2014 season. He was arrested prior to that season for racing and drug possession. Looking back at his first four years in the league though, Dareus recorded at least 5.5 sacks per year. He has experience as a nose tackle and an inside tackle in a 4-3 defense.
Since 2014, he has yet to reach more than 3.5 sacks and has dealt with both injuries and a drug suspension. In fact, he was placed on injured reserve while playing for the Jaguars last season due to a core-muscle injury. He played and started the first six games before the injury. He finished the season with only half a sack though. In 2018, he only recorded one sack in 15 games. The injuries and his age are likely catching up to him. He has the skills though and is a high risk, high reward option.