Luke Kuechly

Inside Linebacker

  • 2019 Salary Cap Charge: $9,960,059
  • % of 2019 Team Cap: 5.17%
  • 2019 Cash Payout: $10,500,059
  • % of 2019 Team Cash Spending: 5.85%
  • 2019 Cash to Cap Ratio: 1.05
  • Total Contract Value: $61,795,295
  • Annual Contract Value: $12,359,059
  • Position Ranking: 7/157 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$14,705,059--
202231$0$1,810,000$0$0$1,810,000--
202332$0$1,810,000$0$0$1,810,000--
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$14,705,059--$11,195,059
2022Panthers$0$1,810,000$0$0$1,810,000--$0
2023Panthers$0$1,810,000$0$0$1,810,000--$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.INTYardsForcedRecoveredYards
201216----87.6%18.7%103611412172220390
201316----97.6%14.9%936321510274330000
201416----96.2%17.1%99543199412101100
201513----69.9%10.3%76421575104482101
201610----61.4%11.7%7131216646111000
201715----91.9%17.0%66491364532313341
201816----93.0%17.0%9337282056102100
2019160096.4%20.8%81630045122260000