NFL: Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans

Sep 29, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Shaq Thompson (54) warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers signed linebacker Shaq Thompson to a four-year extension worth a reported $54.2 million, including $28 million guaranteed, on Saturday afternoon.

Thompson, 25, is in his fifth season with Carolina, which selected him in the first round (No. 25 overall) of the 2015 NFL draft. The Washington product has a career-high 93 tackles to go along with three sacks in 12 games this season.

The deal keeps Thompson under contract with the Panthers through the 2023 season. He was set to become a free agent during the offseason.

"Shaq is our type of person and our type of player," general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. "He's proven that he can play linebacker at a very high level, and he's got all the traits you want. He's smart, he's physical, he can run and he's very versatile. He fits the blueprint for what we want at the position."

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the terms of the deal. The contract includes a $16 million signing bonus.

--Field Level Media

Stay Informed

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for Reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.