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.
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.
"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."
He has contributed to a whopping 41 tackles in his last three games. He will try to maintain the pace at Cincinnati next Sunday.
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