Carolina Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin's contract worth $7.66 million

Carolina Panthers first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin's four-year deal is worth $7.66 million, with $6.19 million guaranteed, according to the contract details obtained by the Observer on Monday.

Benjamin, the former Florida State wide receiver and the 28th overall pick in last month's draft, received a signing bonus worth $3.89 million.

Only the first three years of Benjamin's contract are guaranteed. He has a $1 million salary and a $465,125 roster bonus in 2017 during the final year of the deal.

The Panthers' three other first-round picks under the current collective bargaining agreement all received fully guaranteed rookie deals, but all were among the first 14 picks.

Quarterback Cam Newton signed for $22 million as the top pick in 2011. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the ninth overall pick in 2012, received $12.58 million, while defensive tackle Star Lotulelei got $9.6 million guaranteed after the Panthers took him 14th last year.

The Panthers have their entire 2014 draft class under contract after Benjamin and third-round offensive lineman Trai Turner signed last week.

Turner's four-year deal is worth $2.79 million, but the only guaranteed money is Turner's signing bonus of $539,800.

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