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Matt Kalil’s deal gets done

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Matt Kalil, the highest draft pick who hadn’t yet signed his contract, got his deal done this morning.

The Vikings, who selected Kalil with the fourth overall pick in April, signed the offensive tackle today, as first reported by Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press.

The deal apparently had been held up by the Vikings’ insistence on offset language that would allow the team to recoup some of his guarantee in the unlikely event that he becomes a bust and is cut before his contract gets done.

As it turned out, PFT has confirmed that the Vikings gave in and there was no offset language. The deal will be a four-year contract worth $19,770,598. The deal is fully guaranteed and includes a signing bonus of $12,818,620.

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28 Responses to “Matt Kalil’s deal gets done”
  1. 7ransponder says: Jul 26, 2012 12:49 PM

    I don’t think they “gave in”, I think the source of the original report was flat out wrong. Awesome deal, can’t wait to see the guy crush skulls when I head down to Kato in a week!

  2. waussau says: Jul 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    Ponder has no more excuses left.

  3. pappavike says: Jul 26, 2012 1:03 PM

    Hot Damn it’s about time! Now camp can get into full swing. I hope everybody keeps under estimating the Vikes, they have no presure on them unlike the rest of the division!! So all you haters out there keep the hits comin

  4. packhawk04 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:05 PM

    Vikes wanted option to release him after three years without owing him anything, kalil wanted it fully gaurenteed. Both sides wouldnt budge, vikings finally caved. Time to move on.

  5. pa1856 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:06 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see how ponder develops with other weapons at wr, and his blind side protected. SKOLA

  6. dkphilly1122 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:09 PM

    Glad to see Matty signed finally. He’s a beast Ponder and AP could definitely use on the line. Can’t wait to see him tearing people up, except Jared, haha.

  7. flvikesfan says: Jul 26, 2012 1:19 PM

    So can’t wait to see the battles between him and Allen at camp!!

  8. felcus says: Jul 26, 2012 1:21 PM

    Ponder might not have any more excuses left, but he might have excuses right.

  9. vikings28 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:27 PM

    He’s going to help us out a lot!!! I’m glad he’s in here on time and I’m glad he has to go against Jared Allen in practice. JA will make Kalil better and hopefully by the time the season starts, he’s ready to kill it!!

  10. voicefreason says: Jul 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    Yeah, that’s Ponder. Mr. Excuse. Every Sunday just excuse after excuse, not. This is certainly good long term news, but I would venture to say that there are still a few chips missing for the Vikes. Skol! Sooooo, yeah he still has excuses. Like this is essentially his first training camp he has ever been to.

  11. fwippel says: Jul 26, 2012 1:40 PM

    Looking forward to this guy spending the next 15 years in purple. Hopefully he’ll be the best LT the Vikings have ever had.

  12. hcat44 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:40 PM

    You should check out Minnesota’s StarTribune newspaper. Matt Kalil states the Vikings will go to the Superbowl against the Carolina Panthers.

  13. bobward2770 says: Jul 26, 2012 1:50 PM

    Leave it to the greedy owners to try to offset a guarantee??? Right after they won on the new collective bargaining agreement too!

  14. createatopia says: Jul 26, 2012 1:56 PM

    Kalil was (seems like) such a solid pick– he’s gonna help the 2nd year QB, the run-reliant offense with AP coming back and there just doesn’t seem to be a lotta “bust” in him.

    This signing just makes the whole team better. The last thing the Vikes needed, was to whiff on their top pick this year. Here’s hoping they hit.

  15. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 26, 2012 2:15 PM

    waussau says:Jul 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    Ponder has no more excuses left.
    ________

    I haven’t seen him make any excuses so far. I’m not sure having the rookie left tackle in camp eliminates them, anyway. I predict the only excuse he’ll make this year is in explaining why he only had 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns.

  16. matthewcarlson1 says: Jul 26, 2012 2:25 PM

    Did everyone forget that Ponder was a rookie last year? Give the guy a chance. I guarantee you will all be changing your tune if he’s good.

  17. rbirving says: Jul 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    more than humerous reading, people who post like they have inside information when it’s just the voices in their microwaves talking to them again.

    Happy to see the business side finished by the opening of TC. Let the fun begin.

    I suspect by the time the season opens up, Kalil will be itchin’ to knock the crap out of the guy across the line from him. Can you really think of a better test to go against in TC than JAllen?

  18. calbsure says: Jul 26, 2012 2:39 PM

    Finally, a legit LT who has a work ethic is on board. A mainstay for years to come. After watching Mount Waste McKinnie party away talent and watch plays unfold with hands on hips and C. Johnson give it his all but playing out of position, it will be a fresh breath of air. Finally!!! Someone who will hold his own and hunt for heads until the whistle blows. It begins!!

  19. jokendave says: Jul 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    Yeah, that’s Ponder. Mr. Excuse. Every Sunday just excuse after excuse, not. This is certainly good long term news, but I would venture to say that there are still a few chips missing for the Vikes. Skol! Sooooo, yeah he still has excuses. Like this is essentially his first training camp he has ever been to.
    ———————————————————–
    You obviously missed his press confrences after losses when he took full responsibility for his play. It was the media making excuses.
    But it is not his rookie year anymore. And to be fair, it really is his first “training camp”. But he does have NFL expereince to go with that. So I expect he will have as many excuses as any other NFL QB after losses.

  20. vikesfansteve says: Jul 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    Ponder hasn’t made it thru any of the past 3 seasons, 2 in college & last yr with the Vikings without being injured so who knows if Kalil will help him not be injured but he certainly is going to help AP & Toby G. If Ponder gets hurt again like he probably will based on history the Joe Webb may have enough time to stay in the pocket & deliver an accurate pass like he can when on the run or roll out but can’t seem too when in the pocket. If Joe Webb could pass from the pocket he would be the no brainer starter. I feel the Vikings over reached for Ponder but CP may shake the injury bug & the happy feet and pull out a good season now that he has protection. And mount Mckinnie would have gotten Ponder killed last year just like he almost did to Favre in ’10 when he ole’d every speed pass rusher right into the QB. Kalil could be the difference between having another awful year for the team & maybe surprising the league & getting hot at the right time and going places. Then again if it turns out to be another 3-13 rotten egg then the Vikings can get rid of Frazier & Spielman. So this season is going to be a win/win either way.

  21. moondog7 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:23 PM

    12 mil signing bonus!

    Imagine getting out of college and having 12 Mil in your pocket. Good luck being motivated

  22. squared80 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:26 PM

    Ponder has no more excuses left? Based on your user name, you must be a Packer troll.

    Ponder has yet to make a single excuse about anything, and, oh yeah, IT’S ONLY HIS SECOND YEAR. Rodgers didn’t start an NFL game until what, his 5th year or something? And that was while you and the rest of the Packer “faithful” were booing the hell out of him and sending him death threats.

    Man, glad I’m not a hick redneck racist Packer fan. Pahetic.

  23. pappavike says: Jul 26, 2012 3:42 PM

    Ponder will be just fine he won’t win player of the year honors! but getting the Vikes out of the seller and back to respectabilty will be a giant first step! Barring injuries and maybe with a few breaks! I could see the Vikes win ten games this year! Alot depends on the kicker, Longwell might not have had the strongest leg! but he was accurate. But kick offs should be alot better!

  24. khmer379 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:55 PM

    Low expectaion n no pressure equal wildcard book it!!!

  25. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 26, 2012 8:33 PM

    The Bears and Packers had ALL their draft picks signed before June.

    Why are the vikings always 2 months behind?

    Anyway, I hope they show the kid the vikings trophy case during orientation.

  26. 7ransponder says: Jul 26, 2012 11:20 PM

    bobnelsonjr says:
    Jul 26, 2012 8:33 PM
    The Bears and Packers had ALL their draft picks signed before June.

    Why are the vikings always 2 months behind?

    Anyway, I hope they show the kid the vikings trophy case during orientation.

    ——————-

    Awww, look at that, poor Bob doesn’t have any insults to fall back on now that the stadium deal got done, so he’s rehashing all the oldies. It’s ok bob, you’ll make it through.

  27. vikingsfanintexas says: Jul 27, 2012 12:18 AM

    vikesfansteve says:Jul 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    If Joe Webb could pass from the pocket he would be the no brainer starter.

    ******************************************

    No steve… he wouldn’t. He lacks accuracy, functional arm strength, and knowledge of where to throw the ball.

    It’s obvious to all but a few folks, like yourself, who always love the backup QB.

  28. pappavike says: Jul 27, 2012 1:51 AM

    Ponder will prove all the nay sayers wrong! just watch.

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