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The Bills and starting DT Star Lotulelei have agreed to a restructured contract for the final three years of his deal. For 2020, Lotulelei’s base salary drops by $1.75M, but becomes fully guaranteed, with $2.5M in injury guarantees for 2021 added. Some benefit for both sides.
 
The guy takes a lot of grief -- but I think he does his job pretty well.  His contract is likely an overpay but this corrects it a bit.  Maybe room to sign Jordan Phillips.
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The Bills and starting DT Star Lotulelei have agreed to a restructured contract for the final three years of his deal. 

For 2020, Lotulelei’s base salary drops by $1.75M, but becomes fully guaranteed, with $2.5M in injury guarantees for 2021 added. Some benefit for both sides.

 

-per field Yates . Sorry couldn’t post picture from twitter

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This will make a number of people happy, but honestly I don't think Star underperformed the way some on this board believe. IMHO, he did his job the way he was asked to do it and in the manner the Defense was designed for him to play in it....but, good for the team.

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He was going to be back anyways so lowering the base while making next season fully guaranteed makes sense.  

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2 minutes ago, SoCal Deek said:

Who? 😂

The guys like Madonna-- doesn't need a last name.

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4 minutes ago, JoeF said:

The guys like Madonna-- doesn't need a last name.

You might be my Lucky Star! Cuz you shine on me wherever you are. I just think of you and I start to glow. 

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8 minutes ago, JoeF said:

The guys like Madonna-- doesn't need a last name.

Well he’s a Star..

 

So, now do we have $81M+ to spend??

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His INT was one of the highlights of the season, as far as I'm concerned.

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7 minutes ago, CaptnCoke11 said:

Doesn’t look like a pay cut looks like they moved money around 

I don't think the injury guarantee is counted against the cap unless its paid.  Will know more once the details are published.

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3 minutes ago, Chandler#81 said:

Well he’s a Star..

 

So, now do we have $81M+ to spend??

 

Maybe the +$1 million equals able to cut Hausch-money so they can spend it on a capable Kicker?? Without sacrificing Cap money to be used on the rest of the team.

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Smells like process to me

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18 minutes ago, JoeF said:
 
 
The Bills and starting DT Star Lotulelei have agreed to a restructured contract for the final three years of his deal. For 2020, Lotulelei’s base salary drops by $1.75M, but becomes fully guaranteed, with $2.5M in injury guarantees for 2021 added. Some benefit for both sides.
 
The guy takes a lot of grief -- but I think he does his job pretty well.  His contract is likely an overpay but this corrects it a bit.  Maybe room to sign Jordan Phillips.

He agreed to have slot installed in his uniform, that will accommodate a subway token...

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14 minutes ago, BigBuff423 said:

This will make a number of people happy, but honestly I don't think Star underperformed the way some on this board believe. IMHO, he did his job the way he was asked to do it and in the manner the Defense was designed for him to play in it....but, good for the team.

 

He was overpaid from the get go. Run stuffers aren't a premium position in the NFL and Star was paid a borderline top 10 salary at his position with a hefty guarantee. Star was good at his role of clogging up lanes and shifting along the line but he wasn't an elite player nor the type of player (interior disruptor) that defenses pay a lot for at his position. 

 

BUT that doesn't me had has no value, other than the few games in the middle of the season Star's play ranged from solid in the beginning to really good to close the season. Him taking a modest pay cut of close to 2 million simply makes him less overpaid which is a win win for both sides. The Bills get some cap space and Star gets security for 2020 and some guarantees for his 2021 salary. 

 

I think a lot of people got on him excessively failing to see that just because a player was overpaid for his position doesn't mean he doesn't bring value to the defense. 

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1 minute ago, BUFFALOBART said:

He agreed to have slot installed in his uniform, that will accommodate a subway token...

 

Oh now, now - Star's not a turnstile...

 

...More of a blocking sled!  😉

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Just now, Bangarang said:

What’s the point of this?

 

Gives the Bills a little bit more cap space and gives Star a guaranteed salary for 2020. Seems like a win win. 

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Just now, billsfan89 said:

I think a lot of people got on him excessively failing to see that just because a player was overpaid for his position doesn't mean he doesn't bring value to the defense. 

 

No, I think a lot of people got on him because there were too many plays showing him getting shoved back - not doing even his unsexy job of holding the point of attack

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But what do the good folk across the pond, you know, in the London hotbed of NFL football goings-on (someday) of PFF and the only opinion that matters to Chris Collinsworth, think about our boy Star?

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14 minutes ago, Bruffalo said:

His INT was one of the highlights of the season, as far as I'm concerned.

And Emmitt Smith's reaction to it.

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