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Luke Kuechly | Linebacker

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/20/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 238
College: Boston College
Contract: view contract details

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The Charlotte Observer reports negotiations between MLB Luke Kuechly and the Panthers are "heating up."
There was some concern last week the two sides would not be able to reach an agreement before the regular season, but talks have become "more serious in recent days." Kuechly is signed through 2016 after the Panthers picked up his fifth-year option, but both sides would like to work out a long-term extension before he hits his contract year. Once a deal is signed, Kuechly will almost certainly become the highest paid linebacker in the league. Aug 18 - 9:09 AM

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Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said he will not negotiate contracts with any player once the regular season starts.

Star MLB Luke Kuechly will be extended at some point. The only question is if it will come in the next month or next offseason. Kuechly is under contract through 2016 as a result of his $11.1 million fifth-year team option getting picked up.
Jul 27 - 10:41 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers could extend MLB Luke Kuechly at some point this year.

Kuechly is signed through 2016 after his fifth-year option was picked up. The Panthers have $14.5 million in cap space after long-term deals to Cam Newton and Thomas Davis and want to extend Kuechly. The top inside linebacker in the league, Kuechly is expected to command in the range of $12 million annually.
Jul 18 - 6:07 PM

Panthers exercised MLB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option, valued at $11.1 million.

He's now under contract through 2016. Kuechly, 24, has been Panthers’ every-down middle linebacker the last three seasons. The option year buys Carolina time in long-term talks. A two-time All Pro, Kuechly will eventually top Texans ILB Brian Cushing's six-year, $55.64 million contract.
Apr 25 - 4:12 PM

The Panthers will exercise ILB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year team option for 2016.

"I'd have to be brain-dead not to," were the words of GM Dave Gettleman. Kuechly's option will cost roughly $9.75 million, and buy the Panthers time in long-term talks. Locking up the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year will not be cheap.
Mar 24 - 3:25 PM

Luke Kuechly recorded 13 total tackles (nine solo) in the Panthers' Week 6 tie with Cincinnati.

Kuechly continued his torrid pace and now has double-digit tackles in each of his last five games. Kuechly only failed to top 10 tackles once this season, which occurred back in Week 1 when he posted nine. He currently leads the league with 74 total tackles. Bucs LB Lavonte David is second with 66.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 02:56:00 PM

Associated Press named Luke Kuechly its 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.

It's the second straight year Kuechly has won a major award after being named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. He was the best player on a defense that allowed the second fewest points in the NFL this season, finishing with 156 tackles, two sacks, and four interceptions. Kuechly's Week 16 performance against the Saints likely solidified his DPOY candidacy. He received a total of 19 votes to beat out Robert Mathis (11.5), Earl Thomas, (7.5), Robert Quinn (6), Richard Sherman (4), and J.J. Watt (2).
Sat, Feb 1, 2014 08:06:00 PM

Luke Kuechly's 24 tackles in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Saints are the most in the NFL since David Harris' 24 in 2007.

It was a performance for the ages in one of the biggest games for the Panthers since their 2004 Super Bowl run. Kuechly, who won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award last season, put an exclamation point on his Defensive Player of the Year candidacy for this year. He's the key cog in a defense that has allowed the fewest points in the NFL this season.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 10:44:00 AM

After film review, Panthers coaches credited NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly with a franchise record 205 tackles in 2012.

Kuechly, who received 28-of-50 DROY first-place votes, broke James Anderson's team record. The NFL officially credited Kuechly with 164 tackles, as he became the first rookie to lead the league in the statistic since 49ers MLB Patrick Willis did it in 2007. Kuechly acknowledged that he felt "more comfortable" after Carolina moved him from weak-side linebacker to the middle early in the season, and he will remain the Panthers' "Mike" backer in 2013.
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 03:16:00 PM

Luke Kuechly was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

It was an easy choice. Kuechly led the NFL in tackles (164) this season and started all 16 games as an every-down linebacker in Carolina's 4-3 defense. The Panthers are only the fourth team in NFL history to have back-to-back offensive or defensive rookies of the year. The No. 9 overall pick in this past season's draft, Kuechly graded out as a top-eight inside linebacker by Pro Football Focus. Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner finished second in AP voting with 11 votes, followed by Casey Hayward (6), Janoris Jenkins (3), and Lavonte David (3).
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 08:10:00 PM

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL in tackles with 164 this season.

Kuechly is the first rookie to lead the league in tackles since Patrick Willis did it in 2007 and it's not a fluke. He sheds tackles and goes sideline-to-sideline at an elite level right now. He also made an absurd 532 tackles in three seasons at Boston College before declaring for the draft. Kuechly will stick in the middle next year, meaning Jon Beason will have to find a new spot.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 10:50:00 AM

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera strongly suggested that Luke Kuechly will man the middle when Jon Beason returns next season.

"When you look at the different skill sets, I think Jon's got the skill sets to play inside and outside a little bit more than Luke does. Luke's skill set lends more toward being an inside guy. So we'll see," Rivera said Thursday. Kuechly is currently second in the league with 138 total tackles, which ties James Anderson's team record for tackles that Anderson established last year.
Sat, Dec 22, 2012 10:07:00 AM

Panthers rookie Luke Kuechly has recorded 34 tackles (21 solo) in two games as the middle linebacker.

Kuechly started the season tentatively as the weakside linebacker, but has been a major improvement on an injured Jon Beason in the middle. The Panthers are no longer a joke in run defense, thanks in large part to the rookie's emergence in the middle.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 09:35:00 AM

Luke Kuechly racked up 11 tackles, one interception and one pass breakup in the Panthers' Week 5 loss to the Seahawks.

Making a spot-start at middle linebacker in place of Jon Beason (knee), Kuechly was everywhere. The No. 9 overall pick sheds blockers with ease and goes sideline-to-sideline in unique fashion. He's a threat to stick in the middle even when Beason gets back.
Mon, Oct 8, 2012 11:15:00 AM

Panthers first-round WLB Luke Kuechly has been making big plays "virtually every practice since the start of camp."

Veteran Thomas Davis (ACL, calf) is listed first on the depth chart, but Kuechly has been hogging the first-team reps throughout camp. He's locked in as the starter over Davis. "(Kuechly) has been as advertised," LT Jordan Gross said. "He's got a nose for the ball and he throws his body around, and that's what you want out of a linebacker."
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 04:36:00 PM