Panthers pick up Star Lotulelei's fifth-year option

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei had his fifth-year option picked up by the Panthers.

What It Means:

Carolina had already confirmed they would pick up the $6.757 million option last month. One of the best defensive tackles in the league, Lotulelei is now locked up through 2017. The Panthers' focus will likely now turn to an extension for contract-year defensive tackle Kawann Short.

Carolina ranked second in Adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points per play in 2015.