It's making life frustrating for the 25-year-old.
"We're still waiting," Dareus said. "I feel like they don't want me here as bad as I want to be here, as bad as the fans and my team wants me here. I feel like they're saying, 'Whatever. You come a dime a dozen.' "
At 6-foot-3 and 331 pounds, the former Alabama product is far from a humdrum talent. Combining the quickness and agility of a much smaller player with the power and size to play inside, Dareus is a wrecking force for the Bills. He's compiled 28.5 sacks in four seasons, including 10 in 2014.
"They're playing," Dareus said. "It's a contract game. They're playing. They're going back and forth. I play one game, they play this game. There's not much I can really say. I know what I'm worth.
"When it comes to comparing talents, I'll let other people judge it. You watch the tape and you tell me. It'll answer itself. ... You turn the tape on and you look at who's been handling business and that'll tell you. They see it, they know it. So we're just sitting back waiting."
The middle of preseason isn't when teams want contract controversies to creep up and become a distraction. The 2014 All-Pro player is a stud. Deals with those types of players generally get done -- eventually -- or the franchise tag is wielded.
Dareus would like to feel that love sooner rather than later.