Luke Kuechly

Inside Linebacker

  • 2019 Salary Cap Charge: $17,200,059
  • % of 2019 Team Cap: 8.93%
  • 2019 Cash Payout: $10,500,059
  • % of 2019 Team Cash Spending: 7.71%
  • 2019 Cash to Cap Ratio: 0.61
  • Total Contract Value: $61,795,295
  • Annual Contract Value: $12,359,059
  • Position Ranking: 0/35 at ILB
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $27,000,000
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 6' 3"
  • Weight: 235
  • College: Boston College
  • Accrued Seasons: 7
  • Entry: 2012 Draft, Round 1, #9 overall (Panthers)
  • Year Signed: 2015
  • Contract Type: Extension
  • Free Agency: 2022 (UFA)

Contract Notes

Luke Kuechley signed a five year contract extension worth $61,795,295 with the Carolina Panthers on September 12, 2015. According to Joel Corry the contract contains $27 million guaranteed and an option bonus worth $6 million. We are estimating that Kuechley received a $19 million signing bonus and we will update accordingly when we confirm the final numbers.

Per ESPN's Field Yates, Kuechly converted $6.8 million of his 2018 salary to a signing bonus to provide the Panthers $5.1 million in cap relief. Kuechly's cap charges from 2019 to 2021 will each raise by $1.7 million.

Current Contract

Year Age Base Salary (Guaranteed) Bonuses Cap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
Prorated Roster Workout Other
2015 24 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $5,697,018 $0 $0 $0 $6,697,018 4.7%
2016 25 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $5,000,000 $0 $0 $0 $6,000,000 3.9%
2017 26 $7,363,324 $7,363,324 $5,000,000 $0 $0 $0 $12,363,324 7.4%
2018 27 $800,059 $6,700,000 $0 $500,000 $0 $8,000,059 4.5%
2019 28 $10,000,059 $6,700,000 $0 $500,000 $0 $17,200,059 9.1%
2020 29 $10,300,059 $2,900,000 $0 $500,000 $0 $13,700,059 6.9%
2021 30 $10,695,059 $1,700,000 $0 $500,000 $0 $12,895,059 --
Total $41,158,560 $33,697,018 $0 $2,000,000 $0 $76,855,578
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Career Earnings: $52,936,720
Career APY: $7,562,389
Potential Earnings: $85,431,897
Total Guarantees: $39,578,602
Largest Cash Payment: $20,000,000 (2015)
Largest Cap Hit: $17,200,059 (2019)

Contract History

Team Contract Type Status Year Signed Yrs Total APY Guarantees Amount Earned % Earned Effective APY
Panthers Drafted Renegotiated 2012 5 $23,636,600 $4,727,320 $12,578,602 $10,473,337 44.3% $3,491,112
Panthers Extension Active 2015 5 $61,795,295 $12,359,059 $27,000,000 $42,463,383 68.7% $10,615,846
Earnings By Team
Team Yrs Salary APY Paid on Cap % Paid on Cap Paid as Dead Money % Paid as Dead Money
Panthers 7 $52,936,720 $7,562,389 $41,636,720 0.0% $0 0.0%

Salary Cap History    

Year Team Base Salary (Guaranteed) Bonuses Cap
Number
Cap % Cash Due
Prorated Roster Workout Other
2012 Panthers $390,000 $1,897,018 $0 $0 $0 $2,287,018 1.9% $7,978,072
2013 Panthers $961,755 $961,755 $1,897,018 $0 $0 $0 $2,858,773 2.3% $961,755
2014 Panthers $1,533,510 $1,533,510 $1,897,018 $0 $0 $0 $3,430,528 2.6% $1,533,510
2015 Panthers $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $5,697,018 $0 $0 $0 $6,697,018 4.7% $20,000,000
2016 Panthers $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $5,000,000 $0 $0 $0 $6,000,000 3.9% $7,000,000
2017 Panthers $7,363,324 $7,363,324 $5,000,000 $0 $0 $0 $12,363,324 7.4% $7,363,324
2018 Panthers $800,059 $6,700,000 $0 $500,000 $0 $8,000,059 4.5% $8,100,059
2019 Panthers $10,000,059 $6,700,000 $0 $500,000 $0 $17,200,059 9.1% $10,500,059
2020 Panthers $10,300,059 $2,900,000 $0 $500,000 $0 $13,700,059 6.9% $10,800,059
2021 Panthers $10,695,059 $1,700,000 $0 $500,000 $0 $12,895,059 -- $11,195,059
Total $44,043,825 $39,388,072 $0 $2,000,000 $0 $85,431,897   $85,431,897

Statistics

Year Games Played Snaps Tackles Negative Plays Interceptions Fumbles TD
Defense Special SoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRecoveredYards
2012 16 87.6% 18.7%103611412172220390
2013 16 97.6% 14.9%936321510274330000
2014 16 96.2% 17.1%99543199412101100
2015 13 69.9% 10.3%76421575104482101
2016 10 61.4% 11.7%7131216646111000
2017 15 91.9% 17.0%66491364532313341
2018 16 93.0% 17.0%9337282056102100

Financial Reports

Yearly Cap Charge vs. Dead Money (pre-June 1 cut)
Positional Comparisons to League Average