The Panthers did not announce the terms of the deal, but NFL Media’s Rand Getlin reported the deal was worth $62 million over the five years. That $12.4 million annual salary would make Kuechly the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history.
Kuechly, 24, has made 473 combined tackles in three seasons since Carolina drafted him ninth overall in 2012. He’s a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.
- Jeremy Woo