CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have signed linebacker Shaq Thompson to a four-year extension, the team announced Saturday. Thompson is now under contract through the 2023 season.
“Shaq is our type of person and our type of player,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “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.”
Thompson, in his fifth NFL season, has spent his entire career with Carolina after being drafted by the team in the first round (25th overall) of the 2015 Draft.
This season, Thompson has started all 12 games for the Panthers and ranks third on the team with a career-high 101 tackles (coaches’ stats) to go along with three sacks and three passes defensed. He is averaging more than eight tackles per game, and has amassed double-digit tackle totals in four games this season, including tallying a single-game career high 14 in Carolina’s Week 3 win at Arizona.
Thompson entered the NFL after his junior season at the University of Washington, and in five NFL seasons he has career totals of 394 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown.