The Panthers are the first to sign a first-rounder this year.
Per agent Drew Rosenhaus, Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown signed his fully guaranteed, four-year, $23.621 million contract Friday.
The No. 7 overall pick is the highest-drafted player signed so far, as deals started trickling in this week.
He’s expected to be a foundational piece in the Panthers’ defensive makeover, pairing with Kawann Short up front for a team that churned most of its defense this offseason other than Short and linebacker Shaq Thompson.