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First-round draft pick Luke Kuechly has a new number and, at least for now, a new position with the Carolina Panthers.
Before his first NFL practice, Kuechly was given No. 59 - the same number coach Ron Rivera wore during his nine seasons with the Chicago Bears - and told he'll start out playing weak side linebacker. That's a change from the middle linebacker spot he played at Boston College, where he led the nation in tackles the last two seasons.
For now, the Panthers plan to keep Jon Beason at middle linebacker, although things could change before the start of the season.
Rivera says ultimately he wants to ''put the best combination of players on the football field'' and says he's confident Kuechly can play all three linebacker positions.
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Charlotte, NC – On Thursday, May 10, the Carolina Panthers reached an agreement with first-round draft choice Luke Kuechly on the eve of the team’s rookie minicamp.
Kuechly, the former Boston College linebacker who is the NCAA’s all-time leading tackler, agreed to a four-year contract worth $12.58 million, all of it guaranteed, according to a league source. He was the ninth...
The Carolina Panthers enjoyed a busy Thursday, signing seven of their draft selections from last month’s NFL Draft including their top pick, LB Luke Kuechly. Kuechly, out of Boston College was the ninth player selected overall last month and to date is the highest draft pick from the 2012 class to agree to a contract so far. His contract is a four-year deal worth a reported $12...
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The Carolina Panthers have invested wisely in OLB Luke Kuechly. The former Boston College has already been deeply assimilated into the Panthers program.
As it stands now, Kuechly will play weakside linebacker which will give him the opportunity to use his shiftiness and playmaking ability to the best of his ability.
To read this story and watch video footage of Kuechly, please...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Carolina Panthers have signed first round pick Luke Kuechly to a four-year, $12.58 million deal. He was the ninth overall pick in last months draft and is the highest draft pick to sign so far.
Kuechly was a highly productive linebacker at Boston College and may have the best instincts of any football player in this year’s draft. He’ll...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with each of their seven draft picks on the eve of their rookie minicamp, including linebacker Luke Kuechly, their first-round selection from Boston College.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced.
All seven draft picks agreed...
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The New York Giants signed running back David Wilson on Friday, while the Carolina Panthers locked up linebacker Luke Kuechly. Both players were the first round draft picks for their respective teams last April. The two franchises joined Green Bay, Chicago, San Diego and Seattle as the teams who have agreed to a contract with their first round pick, according to ESPN.
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Just a day after inking ninth overall pick Luke Kuechly to a four-year deal, $12.58 million deal, the Carolina Panthers locked down their remaining six players in their 2012 draft class Friday morning. Under the collective bargaining agreement, all draft choices receive four-year deals.
Second-round selection, offensive lineman Amini Silatolu...