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Panthers pick up option on Luke Kuechly contract
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was promised by general manager Dave Gettleman is now official - the Panthers have picked up the fifth-year option on the rookie contract of standout linebacker Luke Kuechly, per the team website.

The two-time Pro Bowler has led the NFL in tackles in two of his three seasons and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He has racked up 473 tackles since 2012, the most in the NFL.

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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly not worried about long-term deal
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, speaking to reporters after the team's voluntary workouts on Monday, said that he's not concerned about his long-term contract situation, per the Charlotte Observer

General manager Dave Gettleman has said the team plans to pick up Kuechly's fifth-year option, and the team has a May 3 deadline to do so. The team will then have Kuechly under contract through the 2016 season. 

"I'm honestly not worried about it," he said. "I'm just here to run around and play football."

In three seasons, Kuechly has totaled 473 tackles, six sacks and seven interceptions.

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Report: Panthers will use fifth-year option on Luke Kuechly
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Luke Kuechly will be with the Panthers for a fifth year. 

According to a report from ESPN, the Panthers will exercise their fifth-year option on the standout inside linebacker. Kuechly's four-year deal runs out after the 2015 season. Therefore, by picking up the option, Kuechly is guaranteed to be in Carolina through the 2016 season. 

In three seasons, Kuechly has totaled 473 tackles, six sacks and seven interceptions. He was selected ninth overall out of Boston College in th 2012 NFL draft. 

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Panthers LB Luke Kuechly to avoid fine after ejection
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will not be fined for making contact with an official during his team's Week 7 loss to the Packers, NFL.com reports.

Kuechly was ejected from Sunday's game after the incident, which the linebacker contends happened because he wasn't aware it was an official pulling him from behind after a play. Panthers coach Ron Rivera disagreed with the decision to eject Kuechly and predicted the linebacker wouldn't face a fine.

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera disagrees with Luke Kuechly's ejection
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters he didn't agree with the explanation given to him regarding linebacker Luke Kuechly's ejection on Sunday, per the team's official website. Kuechly was tossed for contacting an official after posting a team-high eight tackles in a Week 8 defeat.

"The kid reacted to somebody grabbing him by the neck and pulling him out of the pile," Rivera said. "Then somebody grabbed him by the waist. Well, the guy who grabbed him by the waist just happened to be the ref. That's why he reacted; he thought another player was coming into grab him."

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Carolina Panthers16164103.061122211.02507
2013Carolina Panthers1615693.06324338.23007
2014Carolina Panthers1615399.0543100.00012
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Carolina Panthers1600003930
2013Carolina Panthers1600000000
2014Carolina Panthers1600101010
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