Panthers LB Shaq Thompson Wants To Stay In Carolina


Panthers LB Shaq Thompson says he has no doubts about where he wants to sign his next contract after the 2019 season.

“Yeah, this is a place I’ve been for five years,” Thompson said via Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer. “I don’t want to know any other place.”

Thompson is playing under the fifth-year option for the Panthers this season. This will be his first year as a full-time starter after the Panthers allowed LB Thomas Davis to leave this offseason and he’s auditioning to keep the spot. 

“One of the things we’ve seen in his development over the last couple of years is his versatility,” Panthers HC Ron Rivera said. “Everything from having him line up in the nickel position covering receivers to doing some safety work for us, which you guys didn’t catch, which is good.”

Thompson, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Panthers back in 2015. He signed a four-year, $8.808 million contract that included $7.172 million guaranteed and made a base salary of $936,000 for the 2018 season.

The Panthers picked up Thompson’s fifth-year option last April, which will pay him $9.232 million for the 2019 season.

In 2018, Thompson appeared in 14 games for the Panthers and recorded 80 tackles, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defense.

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