Bills, DT Lotulelei agree to 5-year deal

Bills, DT Lotulelei agree to 5-year deal

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

The ball appeared to clearly be in Williams' court as the Bills expressed a desire to re-sign the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle as recently as the National Football League combine earlier this month.

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.

Williams, 34, will enter his 13th season in Buffalo after being selected in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. 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.

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.

Williams is the Bills' all-time leader among defensive tackles in sacks, with 43.5. Lotulelei will now provide an anchor for the next few years for a defense being remade in general manager Brandon Beane's image.

The Bills also tendered exclusive-rights contracts to tight end Nick O'Leary, defensive end Eddie Yarbrough, tight end Logan Thomas and cornerback Lafayette Pitts, a source told ESPN.

Lotulelei has recorded 141 tackles and 11.5 sacks in his career.

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