The Buffalo Bills have had a barren depth chart at defensive tackle, with Kyle Williams a free agent teetering between playing and retiring and Adolphus Washington and Rickey Hatley being the only other tackles on the roster.
Now it looks like they’re addressing it in a big way - ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the team plans to sign former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to a five year deal when free agency opens on Wednesday.
Lotulelei, 28, is coming off his five year rookie deal with the Panthers, where he started 75 games in those five years. He’s not an efficient sack artist, with 11.5 quarterback takedowns during that five year span, but the 6’3” 311 pounder played 59 percent of snaps for the Panthers last season, taking on multiple blockers and freeing up linebackers like Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. In Buffalo, he’ll be a long term partner for Williams and whichever pass rushing specialist the team adds for the future.