ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Eric Washington to become their defensive line coach. 

Washington has 12 years of NFL coaching experience. His future with the Panthers was uncertain under newly hired coach Matt Rhule. 

Washington replaces Bill Teerlinck, who left Buffalo this week to become Virginia Tech's defensive line coach. 

In Buffalo, Washington is reunited with head coach Sean McDermott and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Washington coached Lotulelei as the Panthers defensive line during McDermott's tenure as the team's defensive coordinator.