Buffalo Bills, Star Lotulelei agree to 5-year deal

Carolina Panthers Star Lotulelei takes the field during defensive introductions before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 24 2016. The Falcons won 33-16

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

Lotulelei is reunited with McDermott, who was the Panthers defensive coordinator before taking over in Buffalo in January 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 had a big need at that spot after trading Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars at the trading deadline last season. Lotulelei will immediately fill that void for Buffalo. Bills general manager Brandon Beane is also familiar with Lotulelei and played a role in drafting him after previously serving as the Panthers assistant GM.

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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. Meanwhile, Short, a 2013 second-round pick, accumulated 24.5 sacks over the past three seasons and parlayed that into a five-year, $80.5 million extension before last season.

"I don't think there's a whole lot of people that can do what I can do", Lotulelei told reporters.

The former University of Utah standout and 14th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft missed only one game and made 75 regular-season starts for Ron Rivera's club in Carolina. 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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