Star Lotulelei opts out of 2020 season

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By WGR 550 SportsRadio

The Buffalo Bills have its first player to opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team officially announced Tuesday afternoon that defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is taking the voluntary opt-out to sit out of the upcoming season without penalty by the team or the league. NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo was the first to report this story.

DT Star Lotulelei has opted out of the 2020 season.Details: https://t.co/3V8L6cOhs9 pic.twitter.com/vl6ZcxIa2U

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) July 28, 2020

The 30-year-old veteran was about to enter his third season with the Bills before deciding to opt out this year. In his two seasons in Buffalo, Lotulelei has not missed a single game, while making 36 combined tackles, registering two sacks, getting three quarterback hits and coming up with an interception.

The Bills signed Lotulelei as a free agent back in 2018 to a five-year deal worth $50 million, only to have the deal re-worked this offseason. According to Spotrac, the Bills will have about $5 million coming off the books for the Bills this year with Lotulelei's opt-out.

On the field: Bills at DT - Ed Oliver, Quinton Jefferson, Harrison Phillips, Vernon Butler, Vincent Taylor. How Phillips is recovered from ACL injury may be key.Off the field: About $5M cap hit comes off the Bills books this year (thanks to @spotrac for the assist on that)

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) July 28, 2020

Players will have until sometime next week to inform their team and the league in writing if they are opting out of the 2020 season, although the deadline has not been confirmed by the league yet. All opt-outs made by any players this season are irrevocable.

In addition, the Bills announced on Tuesday that second-year tight end Tommy Sweeney has been placed on the active/PUP list with a foot injury.

TE Tommy Sweeney has been placed on the Active/PUP list.Details: https://t.co/3V8L6cOhs9 pic.twitter.com/oddLDHZEiA

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) July 28, 2020

Sweeney appeared in six games for the Bills last season, catching eight passes for 114 yards. He was Buffalo's seventh round pick (228th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Boston College.

With these two roster moves on Tuesday, the Bills' roster is currently set at 83 players.