Panthers sign Pro Bowl DT Derrick Brown to reported four-year, $96 million contract extension

Brown becomes the NFL’s fourth highest-paid defensive tackle in annual salary

The Carolina Panthers are making sure Derrick Brown is a foundation of their defense for years to come.

On Friday, the team agreed to a four-year contract extension with the defensive tackle. The new contract is worth $96 million, with $63.2 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown, who turns 26 in April, was the Panthers’ 2020 first-round selection out of Auburn. He’s been reliable in the center of Carolina’s defense, playing 66 of 67 games (and starting 63) during his four-year NFL career.

Last season was Brown’s best, compiling 103 total tackles — a single-season record for a defensive lineman — with seven tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hits. That performance resulted in Brown being named to his first Pro Bowl.

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