Star Lotulelei signs with Bills

Star Lotulelei signs with Bills

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. Lotulelei will immediately fill that void for Buffalo. The Bills finished 26th in yards allowed and gave up 140 or more yards rushing eight times, including a 10-3 loss to Jacksonville in the AFC wild-card playoff game.

Lotulelei was drafted 14th overall in 2013 by the Panthers and has ties to Bills coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane from Carolina.

Defensive tackle was one of the Bills' biggest needs entering free agency, with only three players - Adolphus Washington, Marquavius Lewis and Rickey Hatley - under contract at the position for next season.

A former first-round pick, Lotulelei has been a starter right at the start of his career through his fifth-year in Carolina.

The 28-year-old Lotulelei, known primarily as a run-stuffer who can take up multiple blockers, had 11.5 sacks in five seasons.

O'Leary caught a career-high 22 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns last season in 15 games, including five starts. He's started all 16 contests each of the past two years and is one of the better run-stoppers around.

The Buffalo Bills first made news in the past week for two blockbuster trades that helped improve their draft positioning greatly.

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