May 13, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Panthers sign first-round pick Vernon Butler
The Carolina Panthers signed first-round draft pick Vernon Butler. The entire rookie draft class is now under contract with the signing of the defensive tackle from Louisiana Tech. Drafted 30th overall, Butler is due $8.4 million with a $4.3 million signing bonus. Butler had 29 1/2 tackles for losses and five sacks in college. The 6-4, 323-pounder joins Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei on the Panthers' defensive line. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.