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Celebrate $62 million deal? Panthers LB Luke Kuechly would rather watch film

Luke Kuechly, the Carolina Panthers' All-Pro linebacker, was all smiles Thursday evening after signing a five-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season.

The only downside to wrapping up the new deal worth $62 million, according to a league source was that it cut into the time Kuechly could spend preparing for the season opener at Jacksonville.

He planned to rectify that shortly after his news conference.

"I haven't been able to watch as much (film) today as I normally do," Kuechly said. "But luckily I've got some time left that I can grab something to eat, go sit in there and see what's going on with...