Bills starting DT Star Lotulelei opts out of season

Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the first Buffalo Bills player to exercise his option to do so.

Lotulelei signed a five-year, $50 million deal with the Bills in 2018 and has started at defensive tackle ever since, operating as one of the team's primary run-stopping defensive linemen.

He signed a restructured contract this offseason, guaranteeing him $4.5 million in 2020. His new contract will now activate in 2021.

Buffalo spent a 2019 first-round pick on defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who will anchor the position alongside 2020 free-agent signees Vernon Butler and Quinton Jefferson, as well as 2018 third-round pick Harrison Phillips, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL.