Garafolo mentions that the Panthers would “love” to have Kuechly involved with their organization in some form or fashion and the expectation is that they will give him some time to figure out what’s next for him.
Albert Breer wouldn’t be surprised if Kuechly’s alma mater Boston College pursues hiring him to work with new HC Jeff Hafley.
Either way, Kuechly could have a number of options to consider if or when he decides to pursue coaching jobs.
Kuechly announced that’s retiring from the NFL a few days ago. Garafolo says people around the league knew he was going to retire, but out of respect for him, they waited until he announced it publicly.
Kuechly, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2012. He was entering the fifth year of his six-year, $64.105 million contract and set to make a base salary of $10.3 million for the 2019 season.
For his career, Kuechly recorded 1,093 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, two defensive touchdowns and 67 passes defended. Kuechly was a seven-time Pro Bowler and a five-time first-team All-Pro.
We’ll have more regarding Kuechly as the news is available.