The Panthers cut Kalil last week to save roughly $7MM, though they’ll eat $5MM in 2019 and $9MM in 2020 by designating him as a post-June 1 cut. The Panthers, apparently, viewed it as a necessary move after Kalil underperformed in his first year with the club and spent all of 2018 on injured reserve. Even under the best of circumstances, many thought it was unlikely that the veteran would ever live up to his five-year, $55MM deal.
Kalil started all 16 games in 2017 in his first year with the Panthers, but knee troubles cost him all of last year. It was never made clear exactly what the issue with Kalil’s knee was, but he’s apparently healthy enough to play now.
Kalil was a star at USC, and the Vikings took him fourth overall in the 2012 draft. He was a reliable starter his first few years, starting all 16 games in each of his first four seasons. But then Kalil played in just two games in 2016 while dealing with a hip injury, which made the Panthers’ decision to give him the massive deal even more puzzling. The Texans need all the offensive line help they can get, and Kalil is still only 29, so he could prove to be a nice reclamation project in Houston.
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