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.  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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