Report: Bills swipe Star Lotulelei from Panthers

David Kenyon
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Star Lotulelei has earned a raise, but the defensive tackle be receiving it from the Buffalo Bills instead of his former team, the Carolina Panthers.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news that Lotulelei is headed to the AFC East squad on a five-year deal, rejoining former defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

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. At 6’2″ and 315 pounds, however, the Utah product is a prototypical run-stuffer and space-eater in the middle of the line.

Soon after the Bills traded Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, the run defense suffered. Lotulelei will immediately fill that void for Buffalo.