Luke Kuechly is back...but not in the role Panthers fans might have hoped.
The retired linebacker and franchise staple will be joining Carolina's front office as a pro scout ahead of the 2020 season, the team announced Thursday. Kuechly was also considering pursuing a career in broadcasting or coaching, according to Panthers.com's Bill Voth.
Aside from his athletic ability, Kuechly utilized his knack for studying and breaking down film throughout his career in preparation for game day. Now, Kuechly will be taking those analytical talents with him to his new gig.
The franchise has undergone a number of changes over the past few months but the decision to bring back Kuechly in a front office role gives the team and fanbase a familiar face and fan favorite to look to as Carolina continues its transition into a new era.
After shocking the sports world with his sudden retirement in January, the 29-year-old now has a way to stay close to the game he gave his all to for seven dominant seasons.