Bills’ Star Lotulelei Opts Out

The hits just keep on coming. Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will opt out of the 2020 season, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). 

Lotulelei has been in the Bills’ starting lineup for each of the past two seasons. Pro Football Focus hasn’t been high on the veteran, but he was set to return as a first-stringer in 2020. In 2019, Lotulelei was on the field for 516 snaps and recorded two sacks from the interior.

The former Panthers first-round pick may be swapped out for another ex-Panther. Vernon Butler, who joined the club earlier this year, could be the next man up. There’s also former Seahawks lineman Quinton Jefferson on hand – one of those two players may wind up as Ed Oliver‘s partner in the middle.

Upwards of 20 NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season, as of this writing. The Patriots have arguably been hit the hardest, with six opt outs including linebacker Dont’a Hightower, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, and safety Patrick Chung.

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  1. TJECK109

    NFL could make it real interesting. replace the pro bowl with actual voted in players vs the all opt out team

  2. Ak185

    Lotulelei was good early in his career, but he did have a pretty well documented heart condition that caused him to slip during the draft. At this point he is not the impact player he was drafted to be, even though he offers some value as a gap occupier, but it’s not surprising that with his health issues that Lotulelei is opting out.

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