Panthers sign Klein and Barner, wrap up draft class


The Panthers signed their entire draft class in about a day and a half.

The agent for fifth-round linebacker A.J. Klein just tweeted that his client had signed his rookie deal. The Panthers came back moments later with confirmation of that, along with word they had signed sixth-rounder Kenjon Barner.

The Panthers announced deals for defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short in the last day, along with fourth-round guard Edmund Kugbila.

Klein won’t have an immediate role on defense, but he’s a versatile linebacker who could find a spot down the line, when the Panthers start culling out bad contracts. The same could be true for Barner, though restructuring deals for DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart pushes that off for another year or so.