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Report: Matt Kalil gets $55.5 million from the Panthers

Matt Kalil
Written by Ethan Sears

On Thursday, the Carolina Panthers picked nepotism over logic — signing left tackle Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million deal with $25 million guaranteed. Matt Kalil is the brother of Panthers center Ryan Kalil.

Let’s not mince words here. Matt Kalil is one of, if not the worst tackle in football. Signing him to a deal for the veteran minimum would be an eyebrow-raising move. Signing him for five years — until Kalil is 32 years old — with $25 million guaranteed is frank incompetence.

In 2015, Kalil was the “anchor” of a Minnesota Vikings offensive line which ranked 29th in adjusted sack rate. In 2016, Kalil played two games and had a 36.9 PFF grade before going on IR with a hip injury. There is no logic to this move, whatsoever. There is nothing on tape, no stat and no spreadsheet that indicates Kalil will ever be worth half the money the Panthers gave him.

We’re sure, however, that his brother is pretty happy.

About the author

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.