Star Lotulelei will sign with Buffalo Bills — NFL free agency

Ruben Hill
March 13, 2018

The Buffalo Bills are expected to sign defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to a five-year deal when the free agency period officially opens on Wednesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

McDermott was defensive coordinator of the Panthers before becoming a first-time head coach with the Bills in 2017.

Lotulelei's value isn't seen entirely in stats, considering he's tallied between 22 and 26 tackles in each of the last four years. The Bills also have a big need at defensive tackle after trading Marcell Dareus last season and the pending unrestricted free agency of veteran Kyle Williams. Lotulelei will immediately fill that void for Buffalo.

The five-year defender, a first-round draft choice of the Carolina Panthers in 2013, agreed to a five-year contract with the Bills. Williams, 34, has been contemplating his playing future this offseason. Lotulelei will now provide an anchor for the next few years for a defense being remade in general manager Brandon Beane's image.

Buffalo's defensive front seven has numerous needs with starting linebackers Preston Brown and Ramon Humber eligible to become free agents. But Sean McDermott's club lasted only one game thanks to a frustrating 10-3 road loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lotulelei has forced two fumbles and has 11 1/2 sacks in 76 career games, and was named to the National Football League all-rookie team in 2013.

The overhaul comes despite the Bills coming off a 9-7 season in which they ended a 17-season playoff drought.

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