Panthers Exercise 5th-Year Option on DT Lotulelei

- The Carolina Panthers have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Star Lotulelei's contract.

In 2015, Lotulelei started 14 games, posting 25 tackles, one sack, five quarterback pressures, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. Lotulelei contributed to a unit that ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense and scoring defense, and fourth against the rush, according to a spokesperson for the Panthers.

Lotulelei earned All-Rookie honors in 2013 after being selected in the first-round (14th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina. 

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