By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Star Lotulelei – – Signed by the Bills in 2018
You’d expect a big man to sign a big contract in the NFL. That’s true for Star Lotulelei, who has been taking up space (the job description for a defensive tackle) for two years here.
Lotulelei, a native of Tonga, grew up in Utah. He became a first-round pick of Carolina in 2013, and was in the starting lineup on opening day. Star played for five seasons with the Panthers, and played 108 games there. Then in the spring of 2018, unrestricted free agency called, and Buffalo coach Sean McDermott remembered Lotulelei from their days together with the Panthers. $50 million later, Star had a five-year contract.
He’s filled up the middle for the Bills in his two seasons here, just like he did for the Panthers. His contract was reworked in February this year, giving the Bills a little more cap room in the process. It also meant that the Bills were likely to have a Star in their defensive rotation for the next few seasons.
Here’s Star in action:
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