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Luke Kuechly

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Inside Linebacker Age: 29 Exp: 8 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#9 overall), 2012 College: Boston College Agent(s): Tom Condon (CAA Sports)

Panthers – The Athletic

Player Status: Retired
  • Current Contract

    Luke Kuechly signed a 5 year, $61,801,565 contract with the Carolina Panthers, including a $19,000,000 signing bonus, $34,363,324 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $12,360,313. In 2020, Kuechly will earn a base salary of $10,300,059 and a workout bonus of $500,000, while carrying a cap hit of $15,512,573 and a dead cap value of $11,845,028.

    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $61,801,565
    Signing Bonus $19,000,000
    Average Salary $12,360,313
    Total Guarantees $34,363,324
    Guaranteed at Signing $27,000,000
    Free Agent: 2022 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Option Workout Restructure Misc. Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2015 Contract details by year 24 $1,000,000 $5,697,018 - - - - $6,697,018 $28,897,018 $20,000,000($20,000,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2015 Dead Cap: $28,897,018 2015 Cap Savings: $-22,200,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2015 Dead Cap: $28,897,018 2015 Cap Savings: $-22,200,000 Post-6/1 Release 2015 Dead Cap: $7,697,018 2016 Dead Cap: $21,200,000 2015 Cap Savings: $-1,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2015 Dead Cap: $7,697,018 2016 Dead Cap: $21,200,000 2015 Cap Savings: $-1,000,000
    2016 Contract details by year 25 $1,000,000 $3,800,000 $1,200,000 - - - $6,000,000 $22,200,000 $7,000,000($27,000,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2016 Dead Cap: $22,200,000 2016 Cap Savings: $-16,200,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2016 Dead Cap: $21,200,000 2016 Cap Savings: $-15,200,000 Post-6/1 Release 2016 Dead Cap: $6,000,000 2017 Dead Cap: $16,200,000 2016 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2016 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2017 Dead Cap: $16,200,000 2016 Cap Savings: $1,000,000
    2017 Contract details by year 26 $7,363,324 $3,800,000 $1,200,000 - - $400,000 $12,763,324 $23,563,324 $7,763,324($34,763,324)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2017 Dead Cap: $23,563,324 2017 Cap Savings: $-10,800,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2017 Dead Cap: $16,200,000 2017 Cap Savings: $-3,436,676 Post-6/1 Release 2017 Dead Cap: $12,363,324 2018 Dead Cap: $11,200,000 2017 Cap Savings: $400,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2017 Dead Cap: $5,000,000 2018 Dead Cap: $11,200,000 2017 Cap Savings: $7,763,324
    2018 Contract details by year 27 $790,000 $3,800,000 $1,200,000 $500,000 $1,702,514 - $7,992,514 $19,300,060 $8,100,059($42,863,383)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $19,300,060 2018 Cap Savings: $-11,307,546 Pre-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $18,510,060 2018 Cap Savings: $-10,517,546 Post-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $7,992,515 2019 Dead Cap: $11,307,545 2018 Cap Savings: $-1 Post-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $7,202,515 2019 Dead Cap: $11,307,545 2018 Cap Savings: $789,999
    2019 Contract details by year 28 $950,059 $3,800,000 $1,200,000 $500,000 $3,512,514 - $9,962,573 $21,807,601 $10,526,266($53,389,649)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $21,807,601 2019 Cap Savings: $-11,845,028 Pre-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $20,857,542 2019 Cap Savings: $-10,894,969 Post-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $9,962,573 2020 Dead Cap: $11,845,028 2019 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $9,012,514 2020 Dead Cap: $11,845,028 2019 Cap Savings: $950,059
    2020 Contract details by year 29 $10,300,059 - $1,200,000 $500,000 $3,512,514 - $15,512,573 $11,845,028 $10,800,059($64,189,708)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0
    2021 Contract details by year 30 $10,695,059 - - $500,000 $3,512,514 - $14,707,573 $7,132,514 $11,195,059($75,384,767)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $0
    2022 Contract details by year 31 - - - - $1,810,000 - $1,810,000 $3,620,000 -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $0
    2023 Contract details by year 32 - - - - $1,810,000 - $1,810,000 - -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $0
    2022 Free Agent Year 33 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $27M initially guaranteed (signing bonus + 2015, 2016 salaries + 2016 option bonus)
    • 2016 salary fully guarantees on 3/11/16
    • 2016 option bonus is due 3/13/16
    • 2017 salary becomes fully guaranteed on 3/11/2017
    • 2016 Option Bonus: $6M
    • 2017-2021 LTBE Incentives: $400,000

    Current Dead Contracts

    Year   Base Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Restruc. Bonus Dead Cap Hit Yearly Cash
    2020 Player contract details by year - - - $11,845,028 $11,845,028 -($0)

    Previous Contracts

    2012-2016Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $12,578,602
    Signing Bonus $7,588,072
    Average Salary $3,144,651
    Total Guarantees $12,578,602
    Guaranteed at Signing -
    Free Agent: 2017 / UFA
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  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2012 Player Cash Earnings $390,000 $7,588,072 - - - - - $7,978,072
    2013 Player Cash Earnings $961,755 - - - - - - $961,755
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $1,533,510 - - - - - - $1,533,510
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 $19,000,000 - - - - - $20,000,000
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 - - - - $6,000,000 - $7,000,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $7,363,324 - - - - - $400,000 $7,763,324
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $790,000 - - $500,000 $6,810,059 - - $8,100,059
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $950,059 - - $500,000 $9,050,000 - $26,207 $10,526,266
    8 seasons $13,988,648 $26,588,072 - $1,000,000 $15,860,059 $6,000,000 $426,207 $63,862,986
    $13,988,648 $26,588,072 - $1,000,000 $15,860,059 $6,000,000 $426,207 $63,862,986
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    8 seasons Player Cash Earnings $13,988,648 $26,588,072 - $1,000,000 $15,860,059 $6,000,000 - $63,862,986
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 10/13/2017, $9,115

      Excessive facemask against Ameer Abdullah (DET)


    • TOTAL: $9,115

  • Transactions

    Jan 14 2020Retired from Professional Football
    Apr 18 2019Converted $9.05 million 2019 salary into bonus, clearing $7.24M of cap with Carolina (CAR)
    Sep 1 2018Converted $6.8M of his 2018 salary into bonus, clearing $5.1M of cap space with Carolina (CAR)
    Oct 13 2017Fined $9,115 Excessive facemask against Ameer Abdullah (DET)
    Sep 10 2015Signed a 5 year $62 million contract extension with Carolina (CAR)
    Apr 25 2015Carolina (CAR) exercised an $11.058 million option for 2016
    May 10 2012Signed a 4 year $12.58 million contract with Carolina (CAR)
    Apr 26 2012Drafted by Carolina (CAR): Round 1 (#9 overall)
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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2019 CAR 16 16 16 1086 0.964 144 81 63 2
    2018 CAR 16 16 16 926 0.930 2 130 93 37 2 1
    2017 CAR 15 15 15 920 0.919 1.5 125 74 51 1 3
    2016 CAR 10 10 10 655 0.613 2 102 71 31 1 1
    2015 CAR 13 13 13 766 0.696 1 118 76 42 2 4
    2014 CAR 16 16 16 989 0.962 3 153 99 54 1 1
    2013 CAR 16 16 16 989 0.976 2 156 93 63 4
    2012 CAR 16 16 16 921 0.876 1 164 103 61 2
    Totals 118 118 118 7,252 - 13 1,092 690 402 7 18