The Panthers will exercise ILB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year team option for 2016.
Luke Kuechly recorded 13 total tackles (nine solo) in the Panthers' Week 6 tie with Cincinnati.
Associated Press named Luke Kuechly its 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.
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.
After film review, Panthers coaches credited NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly with a franchise record 205 tackles in 2012.
Luke Kuechly was named the Associated Press' NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.
Panthers LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL in tackles with 164 this season.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera strongly suggested that Luke Kuechly will man the middle when Jon Beason returns next season.
Panthers rookie Luke Kuechly has recorded 34 tackles (21 solo) in two games as the middle linebacker.
Luke Kuechly racked up 11 tackles, one interception and one pass breakup in the Panthers' Week 5 loss to the Seahawks.
Panthers first-round WLB Luke Kuechly has been making big plays "virtually every practice since the start of camp."
Two Panthers sources confirmed to Profootballtalk's Darin Gantt that the Panthers will not switch to a 3-4 defense this season.
The Associated Press' Steve Reed disputes NFL.com's report that the Panthers are switching from a 4-3 to 3-4 base defense.
According to NFL.com's Michael Lombardi, the Panthers are switching to a 3-4 defense.