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Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechley retires, sending waves through NFC South

They’ve hired LSU offensive coordinator Joe Barry to run their offense this season shortly after hiring new head coach Matt Rhule out of Baylor. They’ve also just, out of nowhere, lost perhaps their best player not named Christian McCaffrey.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement from the league at the age of 28.

In terms of Kuechly’s decision, we wish him nothing but the best. He was a fierce competitor and a pain in the Falcons’ side for many seasons, anchoring what was long one of the toughest defenses to go against every season.