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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.
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.
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."
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