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Panthers make Ryan Kalil NFL’s highest-paid center

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The pace of signings in the NFL has slowed down considerably, but the Carolina Panthers are continuing to dole out big contracts.

The Panthers announced today that they have center Ryan Kalil has signed a five-year contract extension to remain with the team. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a six-year, $49 million contract with $28 million guaranteed, making Kalil the highest-paid center in the NFL.

Kalil was the Panthers’ second-round draft pick in 2007 and he has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons.

The Panthers previously spent big to retain running back DeAngelo Williams and defensive end Charles Johnson. Now they’ve locked up the man who will, they hope, be snapping the ball to Cam Newton for years to come.

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31 Responses to “Panthers make Ryan Kalil NFL’s highest-paid center”
  1. deepseabreeze says: Aug 19, 2011 6:47 PM

    the panthers have tied up around 1/5 of their payroll in three players

  2. skoobyfl says: Aug 19, 2011 6:50 PM

    They need help at most positions, so this was a pretty pricey deal to write.

  3. 10yardslant says: Aug 19, 2011 6:53 PM

    deepseabreeze – yes 1/5 is tied up into 4 players not 3, all of which are key positions for any Franchise. With the exception of Deangelo, all are very young and great pieces to build around

  4. feldman9000 says: Aug 19, 2011 6:55 PM

    This actually freed up cap room b/c he was franchised. Now we can go out and sign a DT, CB and maybe a WR. Go Panthers. 30 mins til cam time.

  5. chc4 says: Aug 19, 2011 6:56 PM

    Carolina’s success/failure is completely tied to Cam Newton.

  6. rickyrich14 says: Aug 19, 2011 6:56 PM

    wow. i remember when he came out of USC scouts were acting like he wouldn’t be that great. saying he was undersized and didn’t have great technique.

    he’s done pretty well. especially financially.

  7. jbpanthers says: Aug 19, 2011 6:58 PM

    Kalil has ONLY given up 7 sacks, his whole career.

    Deserves it

  8. dldove77 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:00 PM

    Large contracts have gone to Johnson, Beason, Kalil, Williams, Olsen, Davis and Anderson. 7 > 3. Also, Newton, Otah, Gross, and Smith are tied up for a few years. Regardless of how they played and/or were coached last year, this team has a very solid amount of talent. Still looking for solid DTs and CBs, though.

  9. jaybird70 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:08 PM

    Great signing for the Cats! I think its hilarious when some of the amateur GM’s get on here and question someone who does this for a living! To each his own I suppose! Go Panthers!

  10. panthersftw says: Aug 19, 2011 7:10 PM

    Superbowl bound
    Screw the haters

  11. hobartbaker says: Aug 19, 2011 7:14 PM

    Wow, those are quarterback wages. But then again he will likely be calling the plays for the next few years.

  12. joebuckiscreepy says: Aug 19, 2011 7:18 PM

    these carolina contracts are hilarious.

  13. alpod says: Aug 19, 2011 7:29 PM

    when did al davis take over for the panthers?

  14. joshsmith199065 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:33 PM

    Oh boy, would have thought he got a similar deal such as Nick M, with $22.5 million guarantee. Not $28 million, but $7.75 million a year isn’t bad. With a new TV deal due in a year or 2 that should be much higher amount that goes towards players and therefore salary cap room. By signing the players while the cap is still relatively low it saves money in the future. Besides don’t Smith deal will be done in 2013 while both Gross and Gamble deals end in 2014? If so, they will have a tone of money to extend other payer etc.

  15. jacksaysfu says: Aug 19, 2011 7:35 PM

    Panthers are on their way up .

    For the Eagles haters who says Vick’s a horrible QB , NEWSFLASH : Awesome facts but heres a real one , Vick was runner up MVP last year .
    Heres another awesome fact . Just cause Philly got trashed in a PRE season game doesn’t mean they will be trash this year . We went 10-6 last year , didnt lose any key FA’s,and brought in GREAT vets . Oh and Philly always sux in pre-season , so hate on losers , your envy makes me smile . thumbs down or thumbs up if your jealous of Phill .y

  16. jacksaysfu says: Aug 19, 2011 7:35 PM

    Panthers are on their way up .

    For the Eagles haters who says Vick’s a horrible QB , NEWSFLASH : Awesome facts but heres a real one , Vick was runner up MVP last year .
    Heres another awesome fact . Just cause Philly got trashed in a PRE season game doesn’t mean they will be trash this year . We went 10-6 last year , didnt lose any key FA’s,and brought in GREAT vets . Oh and Philly always sux in pre-season , so hate on losers , your envy makes me smile . thumbs down or thumbs up if your jealous of Philly.

  17. crunchyclam says: Aug 19, 2011 7:47 PM

    This contract makes the Mangold deal look like felony theft for the Jets.

  18. moneymike23 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:49 PM

    There was no need to bring back Williams. He is gonna decline pretty soon and Stewart has proven he can be a #1 back a long time ago. Mike Goodson played pretty well last year also.

  19. sickpuppyz says: Aug 19, 2011 7:54 PM

    jaybird70 says:
    Aug 19, 2011 7:08 PM
    Great signing for the Cats! I think its hilarious when some of the amateur GM’s get on here and question someone who does this for a living! To each his own I suppose! Go Panthers!
    ———————————————–

    Amateur GMs? You could definitively say that about the people running the Panthers….they have been a disaster franchise for too many years over the past decade. Since their SB appearance in 2003, this team has had how many 1-15 seasons? how many play off appearances?

    yeah…amateurs all right, considering they’ve been drafting at the top consistently.

  20. andyreidisfat says: Aug 19, 2011 8:25 PM

    I really hated the Williams signing for the Panthers as i think Goodman and #28 would have made a fine duo. But this is a great signing. I don’t care what the talking heads say this guy has been the best center in the NFL the last two years. Him and Mangold are the standard by how future centers will be judged.

    The Panthers really do have a nice little team. If they really run the ball and C. Johnson takes another step this year to justify that deal he got the panthers are going to be tough. I am still not 100% sold on Newton and will wait to pass judgment untill he faces real crazy regular season type blitz packages. If he can not commit turn overs look out NFC south the PAnthers will be tough this year.

  21. beastofeden says: Aug 19, 2011 8:33 PM

    ALl that money just to get Scam Newtons knees blown out…Only in Carolina

  22. rjkilla says: Aug 19, 2011 8:34 PM

    love how we are cheap…then when we sign players we are overpaying

  23. thetooloftools says: Aug 19, 2011 8:40 PM

    Hello Chicago Bears….. are you reading this you idiots ?

  24. jacksaysfu says: Aug 19, 2011 8:48 PM

    Even though im a Eagles fan ill give credit where credits due . Carolina is gonna be a force in the near future . Shock the world and win the south Carolina !

  25. joshsmith199065 says: Aug 19, 2011 8:58 PM

    “considering they’ve been drafting at the top consistently.”

    You should recheck your facts, it’s the 1st time they selected in the top 5-10 since 2002. Not hardly top of the draft.

  26. cobibones13 says: Aug 19, 2011 9:19 PM

    Wow. They’re throwing around so much money this offseason it’s like they think they’re as talented a team as the Steelers or Pats.

    Someone should tell their GM that they don’t have the best player at every position and they should stop giving out money like they do.

  27. mdd913 says: Aug 19, 2011 9:47 PM

    Kalil is a solid center but as Chris Rock would say “Good lawd dat’s a lotta money!”

  28. bullethead527 says: Aug 19, 2011 9:59 PM

    since going 1-15 we have been to the playoffs twice, lost in the SB, lost ot seahawks on conference game i believe and lost to cards after 1 rd bye. Go screw your self Panthers are a future to beat team, we will upset fools a lot this year…. 7-9 and rising in 2012

  29. trojanwarrior007 says: Aug 19, 2011 11:41 PM

    Nick Mangold holdout next year in 3….2….1.

  30. stellaboycarl says: Aug 21, 2011 12:30 AM

    Sickpuppyz perhaps you should do some research before running your mouth. Cause every time you do you show how stupid you are.

    Since going 1-15 in 2001

    7-9 2002
    11-5 2003 (won the NFC South, and NFC Title to lose in the super bowl)
    7-9 2004
    11-5 2005 (lost to the cards in the Conference title game)
    8-8 2006
    7-9 2007
    12-4 2008 (first round bye lost to cards in divisional round)
    8-8 2009
    2-14 2010

    So to answer your questions puppyz since the 2003 SB appearance Carolinas “Amateur GM has been in the FO of 0 1-15 teams and 2 play off bound teams.

    But Congrats to you on failing to do your research before spouting off at the mouth on a team you know squat about. you are no better that the cowboys fans who think football doesn’t exist outside the state of texas.

  31. southcakpanther says: Aug 22, 2011 8:56 AM

    stellaboycarl wins the argument.

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