The Carolina Panthers announced Monday that they’ve signed C Ryan Kalil has to a two-year contract extension that will keep him under team control through the 2018 season.
- Rand Getlin of NFL Media reports that Kalil’s two-year extension is worth $16.75 million with effectively $13 million guaranteed.
The Panthers have plenty of cap space to work with right now, and the expectation has been that they would begin locking up some of their core players like Kalil and DT Kawann Short in the coming months.
Kalil has been one of the best centers in the NFL for some time now, so this is a well-deserved extension.
Kalil, 31, is a former second-round pick of the Panthers back in 2007. He was entering the final year of his six-year, $49 million contract that included $28 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $7.5 million for the 2016 season.
Locking up Kalil to a new deal should offer the Panthers some immediate cap relief, considering that he counted $10.329 million against their 2016 salary cap.
In 2015, Kalil appeared in 15 games for the Panthers and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 12 center out of 39 qualifying players.