Star Lotulelei will sign with Buffalo Bills — NFL free agency

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The veteran defensive tackle and locker room leader has signed a one-year contract, the team confirmed. He was taken 14th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft and has disappointed compared to that first-round status.

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.

Kyle Williams is returning to the Bills. 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.

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The Bills desperately needed to improve their defensive line.

Lotulelei's play has fallen off in recent years, but the familiarity with Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane - who were in Carolina when they drafted Lotulelei - clearly carried a lot of weight. The Bills finished 26th in yards allowed and gave up 140 or more yards rushing eight times, including a 10-3 loss to Jacksonville in the AFC wild-card playoff game. 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.

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. He's also rather durable, starting every single game over the past two seasons.

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