The Carolina Panthers opened up their season Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but have already experienced a victory being able to lock up All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly to a contract extension! The contract is five years $62 million making him the well-deserved highest-paid linebacker in the NFL today! Since being drafted in 2012 he has quickly become one of the most feared linebackers in the league the stats are eye-popping! He already has 473 tackles, six sacks, seven interceptions and the cherry on top he was the 2012 defensive rookie of the year and 2013 defensive player of the year! Those stats just prove how big of a steal this deal is for the Carolina Panthers in the present and the future.
He is the glue to our defense now we are assured he will be in Carolina blue for the next five years makes me smile and want to hug GM Dave Gettleman and thank him for bringing consistency and excitement to the Queen city! Kuechly is not only a tackling machine on the field, but he has a great head on his shoulders and one of the best people off the field you’ll ever find! He is the full package and you know you have a dynamic player when opponents must game plan for one player gaining an advantage even before you hit the field that’s the mark of a franchise player.
One more thing to hammer home the point that he is the best linebacker in the league; newly elected Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian called Kuechly the Peyton Manning of defenses one of the highest compliments you’ll ever get in the NFL being compared to a five-time MVP and one of the best players of all time! We got ourselves a good one I can think of a few teams that would like to go back to the draft and redo their selection!
This off-season has been great for the Carolina Panthers and GM Dave Gettleman picking up value players that can play multiple positions and create depth is one of the most important aspects of an NFL roster! Also, locking up three of the most important players in Cam Newton, Thomas Davis, and Luke Kuechly keeping chemistry high! Allowing the primary focus to be on winning games and not the potential of losing stars that could disrupt the development of the franchise that is something I love about Dave Gettleman every move that he makes is best for the franchise, he doesn’t care if it upsets fans he just wants to bring a Lombardi trophy to Carolina and I can’t wait!