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    Ex-Duck RB Barner signs deal with Panthers

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have signed all five of their draft picks.
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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have signed all five of their draft picks.
    Carolina announced Thursday it has signed its four previously unsigned draft picks — former Oregon running back Kenjon Barner defensive tackle Star Lotulelei from Utah, guard Edmund Kugbila from Valdosta State and linebacker A.J. Klein from Iowa State.
    Carolina previously signed defensive tackle Kawann Short on Wednesday.
    Financial terms of the deals were not released.
    "We are thrilled to have all of our draft choices under contract," Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a press release.
    Barner, a sixth-round pick who the Panthers view as a potential scat back, ran for 3,623 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Ducks.
    "Kenjon has great speed and was a dynamic player on offense and special teams at Oregon," said Gettleman in a release.
    Lotulelei, the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft, is expected to start alongside veteran Dwan Edwards at defensive tackle as a rookie. Lotulelei started 28 games at Utah and finished his career with 107 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries after transferring from Snow College.
    Kugbila, the 108th overall selection and a native of Ghana, is expected to compete with veteran Geoff Hangartner for a starting spot at right guard. Considered a dominant run blocker, he helped Valdosta State to the Division II national championship last season.
    Klein, a fifth-round pick, is a three-time All-Big 12 Conference linebacker who recorded 117 tackles in each of the last two seasons.
    Cardinals
    Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has signed a four-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
    The team's third-round draft pick, Mathieu did not play last season after repeated off-field issues.
    The deal could be worth up to just over $3 million. According to a person familiar with the contract, Mathieu does not get his entire slotted salary bonus of $662,500 at first. Initially, he gets $265,000 with the remainder spread out over the next three seasons, as long as he does not get suspended for substance abuse.
    If he's cut from the team for any other reason, he gets the entire signing bonus, said the person, who did not want to be identified because the details of contracts are not made public.
    The deal includes a $170,000 workout bonus.
    Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011. He was kicked off LSU's team before the start of last season for failed drug tests. His image and NFL future took another hit a few weeks later when he and three former teammates were arrested on marijuana charges after police officers found 10 bags of pot and drug paraphernalia in his Baton Rouge apartment.
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