AP Source: Panthers lock up all 7 draft picks



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with each of their seven draft picks on the eve of their rookie minicamp, including linebacker Luke Kuechly, their first-round selection from Boston College.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced.

All seven draft picks agreed to four-year contracts

Kuechly will get $12.58 million over four years. The Panthers have an option for the fifth year of his contract because he’s the ninth overall pick.

In past years it’s taken most NFL teams until late July to get rookies under contract but the new collective bargaining agreement has made it much easier to sign rookies since they’re all slotted.

The Panthers open a three-day minicamp on Friday.