Luke Kuechly

Inside Linebacker

  • 2020 Salary Cap Charge: $15,510,059
  • % of 2020 Team Cap: 7.44%
  • 2020 Cash Payout: $10,800,059
  • % of 2020 Team Cash Spending: 6.47%
  • 2020 Cash to Cap Ratio: 0.70
  • Total Contract Value: $61,795,295
  • Annual Contract Value: $12,359,059
  • Position Ranking: 7/148 at ILB
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $27,000,000
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 6' 3"
  • Weight: 235
  • College: Boston College
  • Accrued Seasons: 8
  • Entry: 2012 Draft, Round 1, #9 overall (Panthers)
  • Year Signed: 2015 (Extension)
  • Free Agency: 2022 (UFA)
  • 2019 OTC Valuation: $14,143,000

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$15,510,0597.8%
202130$10,695,059$3,510,000$500,000$0$14,705,0596.8%
202231$0$1,810,000$0$0$1,810,0000.8%
202332$0$1,810,000$0$0$1,810,0000.8%
Total$32,108,560$42,747,018$2,000,000$9,363,324$76,855,578
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Career Earnings: $63,436,779
Career APY: $7,929,597
Potential Earnings: $85,431,897
Total Guarantees: $39,578,602
Largest Cash Payment: $20,000,000 (2015)
Largest Cap Hit: $15,510,059 (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$52,963,44285.7%$10,592,688
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Panthers8$63,436,779$7,929,597$51,596,7790.0%$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$15,510,0597.8%$10,800,059
2021Panthers$10,695,059$3,510,000$500,000$0$14,705,0596.8%$11,195,059
2022Panthers$0$1,810,000$0$0$1,810,0000.8%$0
2023Panthers$0$1,810,000$0$0$1,810,0000.8%$0
Total$34,993,825$48,438,072$2,000,000$11,858,589$85,431,897$85,431,897

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames MissedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
201216----87.6%18.7%103611412172220390
2013160097.6%14.9%936321510274330000
2014160096.2%17.1%99543199412101100
2015133069.9%10.3%76421575104482101
2016104261.4%11.7%7131216646111000
2017151091.9%17.0%66491364532313341
2018160093.0%17.0%9337282056102100
2019160096.4%20.8%81630045122260000

Valuation Diamond

The diamond is a scatterplot graph that visualizes the relation of the player's APY (in green) and performance (in blue, as measured by OTC's Valuations) to the rest of the league at his position. To understand how to read the diamond, read this explainer.

OTC ValuationAPY
Regular$13,635,000$12,359,059
Injury Adjusted$13,635,000$12,359,059
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OTC Valuation $2.3M $4.5M $6.8M $9.1M $11.4M APY $3.0M $6.0M $9.0M $12.0M $15.0M $4,855,000 $5,000,000

Weekly Valuation Trends

The chart below illustrates the trend of the player's weekly OTC Valuations (in blue) from the most recent season, using APY (in green) and, if applicable, cash that is due to the player in the next season (in red) as benchmarks. Weeks not plotted indicate that the player was inactive or on a bye.

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