Star Lotulelei plans to sign 5-year deal with Bills

The Carolina Panthers picked Star Lotulelei 14th overall in the 2013 draft

The Star Lotulelei sweepstakes are suddenly over-prior to any real drama unfolding for the young defensive stud. Lotulelei will now provide an anchor for the next few years for a defense being remade in general manager Brandon Beane's image.

Norwell's reported five-year, $66.5 million deal (with $30 million guaranteed) makes Norwell the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

Williams, 34, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday when the league year begins. Williams was a fifth-round draft pick in 2006.

Lotulelei played under Bills coach Sean McDermott from 2013 through 2016 when McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator.

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Panthers guard Trai Turner's large contract, plus five years and $55.5 million tied up in Matt Kalil at left tackle made it hard for the Panthers to keep Norwell. He also recovered two fumbles for the Panthers.

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

Lotulelei doesn't have a Pro Bowl-caliber resume at this stage in his career, but at 28 years old, the Bills are hoping the best is yet to come.

The team likely will add more depth along both lines in free agency and the draft.

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