Bills to sign Panthers DT Star Lotulelei when free agency opens

Star Lotulelei

Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei agreed to a five-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, according to multiple reports.

The Bills desperately needed to improve their defensive line.

Williams, who turns 35 in June, will spend his 13th season with the Bills in 2018.

Lotulelei, 28, expressed confidence at the end of the last season that he can still play at a high level. But the run defense was ugly last season - they allowed a league-worst 18 rush TDs and a whopping 1,487 rush yards - after the team dealt away Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8.

The longest-tenured player on Buffalo's roster will continue to hold that title for one more season.

After the Bills' wild-card playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Williams said he would take time this offseason before deciding his playing future. Bills General Manager Brandon Beane was in the Carolina front office when Lotulelei was drafted in the first round in 2013.

In five seasons, Lotulelei hasn't qualified for one Pro Bowl and has tallied just 11.5 sacks.

A first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Lotulelei has been with the Carolina Panthers for the first five years of his career.

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. He's started all 16 contests each of the past two years and is one of the better run-stoppers around.

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