Star Lotulelei will sign with Buffalo Bills — NFL free agency

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The Buffalo Bills will have Kyle Williams back for another season.

The Bills have now addressed one of the biggest weaknesses on their roster by signing Lotulelei and Williams.

Another former Panther will pack his bags and migrate to western NY as defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Bills when the new NFL league year begins Wednesday, ESPN.com reported. Lotulelei is considered a good run stopper but has been overshadowed by Kawann Short in terms of playmaking ability. Of those yards, 1,105 were inside the tackles, and opponents' 4.8 yards per rush inside the tackles was tied for worst in the NFL.

Just as valuable as Williams was on the field, it was his leadership in the locker room that helped first-time head coach Sean McDermott reinforce the culture change that had to take place for the Bills to grow into a successful franchise again. He recorded 140 tackles and 11.5 sacks in his five seasons with Carolina.

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Lotulelei will now provide an anchor for the next few years for a defense being remade in general manager Brandon Beane's image.

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

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.

Williams showed no signs of slowing down last season making 16 starts while contributing 41 tackles and finishing second on the team in sacks.

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