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Panthers S Kurt Coleman signs 3-year contract extension

Dave Gettleman ready for Benjamin's return

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman met with the media Wednesday afternoon. Among the topics addressed, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin's return to action.
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Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman met with the media Wednesday afternoon. Among the topics addressed, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin's return to action.

The Carolina Panthers and Kurt Coleman made his three-year contract extension official before Coleman had his first meal in Spartanburg.

Coleman signed a extension, worth $17 million, on Wednesday after the two sides agreed to the deal Tuesday night.

The deal offers $7 million in guaranteed money, according to a league source, and keeps Coleman with Carolina through the 2019 season.

“One of the things we work hard at is bringing in guys who fit our scheme. Kurt’s a great fit for us,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said. “He’s a pro’s pro and obviously had a career year last year. He’s done everything we’ve asked. He adds a veteran’s presence in the DBs room, which is important.”

Coleman had a team-high seven interceptions during the regular season and added another two in the postseason a year ago. He’ll slide from free safety to strong safety this season after Carolina didn’t re-sign Roman Harper.

“Kurt’s one of the guys that’s part of that foundation,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “He’s probably the most stable of the guys that are back there. He’s got real good game experience and did some really good things for us last year. And I’m very pleased for Kurt. Kurt worked very hard and earned it, and deserves that.”

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Wednesday was moving in day for the Carolina Panthers as they arrived back in Spartanburg, SC to begin training camp.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera spoke with the media on Wednesday discussing the perception of the team and quarterback Cam Newton.

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