Source: Carolina, Luke Kuechly agree

Updated: May 10, 2012, 11:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a four-year, $12.58 million guaranteed deal with first-round pick Luke Kuechly, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Kuechly, the ninth overall pick out of Boston College, is the highest first-round pick to reach a deal. The Panthers have an option for a fifth year in Kuechly's deal because of his place in the draft.

In past years, it's taken most NFL teams until late July to get rookies under contract but the new collective ...

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