The Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has decided not to take a plea agreement with prosecuters, and instead will try to resolve the charges stemming from an alleged street-racing accident by either seeking a new offer or going to trail.
Dareus was charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment after crashing his 2012 Jaguar into a tree on May 30. The accident occurred near a busy suburban Buffalo intersection and after Dareus was alleged to be racing Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes.
The 24-year-old Dareus also was ticketed for numerous traffic violations, including leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and taking part in an illegal race.
Dareus' lawyer Michael Caffery decided to turn down the prosecutions offer to plead guilty to reckless driving after consulting with his client during an appearance in Hamburg Town court. Caffery said that he will instead try to obtain more details on the prosecution's evidence to determine if they can reach a different plea arrangement prior to going to trial.
Upon listening to the two sides, Judge Gerald Gorman put the case off until Sept. 9, when Dareus is next scheduled to appear in court.
Dareus was dressed in a gray suit after he traveled from Alabama to be in court on Tuesday. The Bills 2011 first-round draft pick arrived and left the courthouse without commenting.
The accident happened about a month after Dareus was arrested in Alabama and charged with possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His lawyer has said there are plea discussions in that case.
The off-field troubles could lead to the NFL taking disciplinary action against Dareus, including a suspension.
The Bills are off until July 18, when players are scheduled to report for the start of training camp in suburban Rochester.