Bills swipe Star Lotulelei from Panthers

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing won't become official until the NFL's business year opens on Wednesday.

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

The Bills allowed a league-high 18 rushing touchdowns and an AFC-worst 1,487 rush yards after trading Marcell Dareus in Week 8 last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Williams is unsigned and has also contemplated the possibility of retiring. The 28-year-old has ties to Buffalo coach Sean McDermott, who served as the Panthers' defensive coordinator from 2011-16.

This past season, the Buffalo Bills ended the league's longest active playoff drought by reaching the postseason for the first time since 1999.

In five seasons with the Panthers, Lotulelei established himself as a consistent force at the nose tackle position.

Defensive tackle was a big question mark for the Bills entering this offseason.

On Tuesday, the Bills turned their attention to free agency - and have agreed in principle on a deal with their first unrestricted free agent.

Beane has already completed two trades over the past week in dealing quarterback Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland and sending starting offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati. The Bills have two picks in each of the first three rounds, including the 22nd selection.

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