Panthers Release LT Matt Kalil

Panthers veteran left tackle Matt Kalil has been released, a source tells Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). The Panthers will cut him with a post-June 1 designation, saving the club roughly $7MM this year. After that, they’ll eat $5MM in 2019 and $9MM in 2020.

Kalil signed a higher-than-expected five-year, $55MM contract with the Panthers in 2017 and that deal still had guarantees going into 2019. The left tackle leaves Carolina after appearing in just 16 games (all in ’17).

Ultimately, this amounts to a cut-your-losses maneuver. The Panthers have a new owner in David Tepper, and the GM that authorized the Kalil contract, Dave Gettleman, is now with the Giants. Effectively, the club’s new decision makers are willing to chalk up Kalil’s deal – and the associated penalties – to a bad move by the old crowd.

Kalil has spent all of the 2018 season on injured reserve. After being taken out by the right knee injury, Chris Clark took over his spot. Next season, right tackle Taylor Moton could switch sides to man LT.

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10 comments on “Panthers Release LT Matt Kalil

  1. jjabrony

    So Dave Gettleman is simultaneously ruining two NFL teams? Guy’s got skillz

    • TheTruth12

      Work on your reading comprehension the sentence literally says new owner and the GM that gave the contract is now with the Giants. Not that hard to understand

      • Bransonreynolds

        He obviously means that he’s ruining the Giants and his old moves are still ruining the panthers. He didn’t put it very eloquently, but you also don’t have to be a trolling a-hole

        • jjabrony

          Thanks for coming to my defense, but I thought it was quite eloquent, thank you very much. : )

      • MrMet17

        Ha! The guy trolling about reading comprehension didn’t comprehend what he read….

  2. Bdd1967

    Best thing Kalil has going for him is his Sports Illustrated swimsuit wife Haley!!

  3. nentwigs

    Hasn’t been worth a (BLEEP) since drafted by the Vikes. They were right to let him go. Probably only got the Panthers contract due to his brother being there. Brother is now gone, so it’s now Goodbye Matt! Must be a real slug for the Panthers to eat 14 million in cap hits just to have him NOT playing for them.

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