Luke Kuechly
Inside Linebacker
Drafted: Round 1 (#9 overall), 2012
Experience: 8 Years
College: Boston College
Contract: 5 yr(s)
$61,801,565
Signing Bonus $19,000,000 AAV$12,360,313 G'teed:$34,363,324 Free Agent:2022 / UFA
Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Option Bonus Workout Bonus Restruc. Bonus Misc. Cap Hit Dead Cap
2015 Contract details by year 23 $1,000,000 $5,697,018 - - - - $6,697,018 $28,897,018
2016 Contract details by year 24 $1,000,000 $3,800,000 $1,200,000 - - - $6,000,000 $22,200,000
2017 Contract details by year 25 $7,363,324 $3,800,000 $1,200,000 - - $400,000 $12,763,324 $23,563,324
2018 Contract details by year 26 $790,000 $3,800,000 $1,200,000 $500,000 $1,702,514 - $7,992,514 $19,300,060
2019 Contract details by year 27 $950,059 $3,800,000 $1,200,000 $500,000 $3,512,514 - $9,962,573 $21,807,601
2020 Contract details by year 28 $10,300,059 - $1,200,000 $500,000 $3,512,514 - $15,512,573 $11,845,028
2021 Contract details by year 29 $10,695,059 - - $500,000 $3,512,514 - $14,707,573 $7,132,514
2022 Contract details by year 30 - - - - $1,810,000 - $1,810,000 $3,620,000
2023 Contract details by year 31 - - - - $1,810,000 - $1,810,000 -
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
Year Team Salary Signing Bonus Other Bonus 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 - - $7,000,000
2017 Player Cash Earnings $7,363,324 - - $7,763,324
2018 Player Cash Earnings $790,000 - - $8,100,059
2019 Player Cash Earnings $950,059 - - $10,500,059
8 seasons $13,988,648 $26,588,072 - $63,836,779

Cap Hit

AAV

Cash

  • Jan 14 2020

    Retired from Professional Football

  • Apr 18 2019

    Converted $9.05 million 2019 salary into bonus, clearing $7.24M of cap with Carolina (CAR)

  • Sep 1 2018

    Converted $6.8M of his 2018 salary into bonus, clearing $5.1M of cap space with Carolina (CAR)

  • Oct 13 2017

    Fined $9,115 Excessive facemask against Ameer Abdullah (DET)

  • Sep 10 2015

    Signed a 5 year $62 million contract extension with Carolina (CAR)

  • Apr 25 2015

    Carolina (CAR) exercised an $11.058 million option for 2016

  • May 10 2012

    Signed a 4 year $12.58 million contract with Carolina (CAR)

  • Apr 26 2012

    Drafted by Carolina (CAR): Round 1 (#9 overall)