June 14, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Frank Reich watches quarterback Bryce Young (9) during the Carolina Panthers minicamp. Image: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Carolina Panthers quarterback Bryce Young signed a four-year, $37.9 million contract on Friday, enabling the No. 1 pick. 1 in the draft to start training camp with his teammates on schedule
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Young, who had been elevated to the No. 1 quarterback position.
General manager Scott Fitterer traded the Panthers’ top wide receiver, DJ Moore, plus the No. 1 pick.
Fitterer and head coach Frank Reich determined Young had earned the starting job in June, and adjusted the depth chart to match Andy Dalton as No.2.
“For me, it’s about making money,” Young said last month. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity that I’ve had. I still think it’s a process. I’m grateful to be accepted by the team. It’s an amazing dressing room, a great group of people. I want to continue. It’s not something you deserve.”
Young was signed Friday afternoon before the No. 1 pick. 2 CJ Stroud (Houston Texans) and the No. 4 Anthony Richardson (Indianapolis Colts).
ESPN and the NFL Network report that Young’s contract is fully guaranteed, in keeping with previous deals for top picks Joe Burrow (2020), Trevor Lawrence (2021) and Travon Walker (2022). Walker’s deal was worth $37.4 million when the edge rusher signed for the Jaguars before training camp last summer. Burrow’s deal was valued at $36.19 million over the first four seasons and a fifth-year option – the usual for an NFL first round – was set at $29.5 million.
–Field Level Media