Luke Kuechly LB CAR 4 months ago

The Panthers have exercised the fifth-year option on Kuechly for the 2016 season, the team's official site reports.

Since he was selected ninth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kuechly's production has wildly surpassed expectations, with three 150-plus tackle seasons under his belt. Among his honors along the way are Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and Pro Bowl bids in 2013 and 2014. Upon completion of the upcoming campaign, the Panthers will have the ability to negotiate an extension with the middle linebacker. However, if potential negotiations didn't go as expected, they can rest knowing that Kuechly is tied to the organization through the completion of the 2016 season.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 8 months ago

Kuechly recorded a team-high 10 tackles (six solo) and one interception during Saturday's first-round playoff victory over the Cardinals.

Kuechly made massive contributions to the Panthers' playoff victory, helping limit the Cardinals' offense to meager totals along the way. In addition to his game-high 10 tackles, Kuechly nabbed a second-half interception and later tipped a pass that teammate Tre Boston picked-off. Overall, it was another stellar display from Kuechly, who finished the regular season with a league-best 153 tackles.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 8 months ago

Kuechly leads the NFL with 145 tackles (93 solo) heading into Sunday's regular season finale against the Falcons.

Kuechly has followed his Defensive Player of the Year honor from last season with another stellar campaign this term and appears poised to finish the year as the NFL's leading tackler. The Panthers' defensive captain has notched six double-digit tackling games, five of which came over a span from Week 2 to Week 6. The other double-figure performance came in Carolina's previous game versus Atlanta this season, when Kuechly recorded 11 stops. With a playoff spot on the line this weekend, the IDP star should be geared up for another disruptive effort.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 10 months ago

Kuechly registered eight tackles (six solo) during Monday night's loss to the Eagles.

Kuechly has somewhat surprisingly not enjoyed a double-digit tackling game since Week 6, but the third-year linebacker still leads the NFL with 105 stops to this point in the season.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 10 months ago

Kuechly registered seven tackles (four solo) in Sunday's loss to Seattle.

Kuechly's seven tackles set a season-low for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. In fact, Kuechly has now gone consecutive games without double-digit tackles, a rarity by his standards. Nonetheless, Kuechly should be looking forward to Thursday's game against the Saints, who he posted an astounding 24 tackles against in his last meeting.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 10 months ago

Head coach Ron Rivera said he received word from the NFL that Kuechly should not have been ejected from last Sunday's game against the Packers for inadvertent contact with an official, and he will not be fined, reports.

Kuechly was tossed with 1:39 left in the third quarter after pushing away a referee who was holding him back from a scuffle. It appeared pretty clearly that Kuechly thought it was another player and was trying to get his arm away, but he was ejected nonetheless. Kuechly should be available for this Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 10 months ago

Kuechly was disqualified during the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Packers after receiving a personal foul penalty for making contact with an official.

Kuechly's ejection came after he seemingly unknowingly swung his arm free of being restrained by a referee following a pile-up. Prior to being forced out of Sunday's blowout, Kuechly led the Panthers with eight tackles (seven solo). He has since been replaced by Ben Jacobs at middle linebacker.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 11 months ago

Kuechly once again led the Panthers in tackles Sunday, recording 13 stops (nine solo) against the Bengals.

Kuechly continues to build on his already impressive resume, as he's now strung together five straight games of double-digit tackles this season. Through Week 6, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year now carries 74 tackles (43 solo) and is as good as IDP options come.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 11 months ago

Kuechly registered a game-high 15 tackles (11 solo) Sunday against the Bears.

Kuechly entered Sunday's game as the league's leading tackler and certainly advanced his total with a season-best 15 stops Sunday. In fact, Kuechly has notched double-digit tackles in four straight games, a streak started following his nine-tackle effort in Week 1. Evidently, Kuechly is an elite IDP option and among the NFL's most consistent players on a weekly basis.

Luke Kuechly LB CAR 11 months ago

Kuechly recorded a team-high 12 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Kuechly continues to be an elite IDP option, as the third-year linebacker has now accrued 46 tackles (23 solo) through four games. Additionally, with linebacking partner Thomas Davis (hip) injured, Kuechly's production could stand to increase further, although it's unclear whether Davis' sideline stint will extend past Sunday's game.