Luke Kuechly

Inside Linebacker

  • 2019 Salary Cap Charge: $9,960,059
  • % of 2019 Team Cap: 5.18%
  • 2019 Cash Payout: $10,500,059
  • % of 2019 Team Cash Spending: 6.01%
  • 2019 Cash to Cap Ratio: 1.05
  • Total Contract Value: $61,795,295
  • Annual Contract Value: $12,359,059
  • Position Ranking: 2/174 at ILB
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $27,000,000
  • Age: 28
  • 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.

On April 17, 2019 Carolina converted $9.059 million of Kuechly's 2019 salary to signing bonus; and added two void years for salary cap purposes.  The conversion lowered Kuechly's 2019 salary cap number to $9,960,059 saving the team $7.24 million in 2019 cap dollars.  Kuechly's cap charges for 2020 through 2024 will increase by $1.8 million.

Current Contract

(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated BonusWorkout BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
201524$1,000,000$5,697,018$0$1,000,000$6,697,0184.7%
201625$1,000,000$5,000,000$0$1,000,000$6,000,0003.9%
201726$7,363,324$5,000,000$0$7,363,324$12,363,3247.4%
201827$800,059$6,700,000$500,000$0$8,000,0594.5%
201928$950,059$8,510,000$500,000$0$9,960,0595.3%
202029$10,300,059$4,710,000$500,000$0$13,700,0596.9%
202130$10,695,059$3,510,000$500,000$0$12,895,059--
Total$32,108,560$39,127,018$2,000,000$9,363,324$69,615,578
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Career Earnings: $61,995,720
Career APY: $8,856,531
Potential Earnings: $85,431,897
Total Guarantees: $39,578,602
Largest Cash Payment: $20,000,000 (2015)
Largest Cap Hit: $13,700,059 (2020)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
PanthersDraftedRenegotiated20124$12,578,602$3,144,651$12,578,602$10,473,33783.3%$3,491,112
PanthersExtensionActive20155$61,795,295$12,359,059$27,000,000$51,522,38383.4%$12,880,596
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Panthers7$61,995,720$8,856,531$41,636,7200.0%$00.0%

Salary Cap History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusWorkout BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2012Panthers$390,000$1,897,018$0$0$2,287,0181.9%$7,978,072
2013Panthers$961,755$1,897,018$0$961,755$2,858,7732.3%$961,755
2014Panthers$1,533,510$1,897,018$0$1,533,510$3,430,5282.6%$1,533,510
2015Panthers$1,000,000$5,697,018$0$1,000,000$6,697,0184.7%$20,000,000
2016Panthers$1,000,000$5,000,000$0$1,000,000$6,000,0003.9%$7,000,000
2017Panthers$7,363,324$5,000,000$0$7,363,324$12,363,3247.4%$7,363,324
2018Panthers$800,059$6,700,000$500,000$0$8,000,0594.5%$8,100,059
2019Panthers$950,059$8,510,000$500,000$0$9,960,0595.3%$10,500,059
2020Panthers$10,300,059$4,710,000$500,000$0$13,700,0596.9%$10,800,059
2021Panthers$10,695,059$3,510,000$500,000$0$12,895,059--$11,195,059
Total$34,993,825$44,818,072$2,000,000$11,858,589$78,191,897$85,431,897

Statistics

YearGames PlayedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
DefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRecoveredYards
20121687.6%18.7%103611412172220390
20131697.6%14.9%936321510274330000
20141696.2%17.1%99543199412101100
20151369.9%10.3%76421575104482101
20161061.4%11.7%7131216646111000
20171591.9%17.0%66491364532313341
20181693.0%17.0%9337282056102100

Financial Reports

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