Matt Kalil reportedly “100 percent healthy” entering free agency

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Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil is about to enter the free agent market, and his dad says he’s jumping into that pool healthy.

The former first-rounder missed most of last season after hip surgery, and enters a deep market of players at his position.

He’s 100 percent healthy now,’’ his father, Frank Kalil said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He’s really doing well. He looks great. He’s ready to rock and roll. He’s back up to his game weight. He’s lifting weights. He’s doing all the right things.’’

Of course, as medical diagnoses go, parents are probably right up there with agents in terms of being unbiased in the days before dollars begin to flow. But Kalil could certainly cash in if other people share his father’s belief. Kalil, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, started 66 straight games prior to the hip problem last year.

The Vikings have said they want to retain him, but there could be plenty of other suitors. One notable one is Carolina, where Matt’s brother Ryan Kalil anchors a line that needs a left tackle considering the uncertainty surrounding Michael Oher, who still hasn’t cleared the concussion protocol after suffering a brain injury last September.

41 responses to “Matt Kalil reportedly “100 percent healthy” entering free agency

  1. All he’s trying to do is get a good contract with several million guaranteed and bag it again. He doesn’t want to play, he just wants the money…..

  2. P.S. whoever signs this guy because of his health history or lack thereof-it will be the most incentive laden contract in the history of athletics!!

  3. There is no guarantees in the 1st round of any NFL draft but for the most part, Offensive tackles have rarely bombed out, it’s one of the surest bets there are.

    Unless you are the Vikings and unless you have the #4 overall pick in the draft and your GM is Rick Spielman, then it’s a good bet that you’ll blow it and sure enough, he did.

    Kalil has not lived up to his draft pedigree but his underperformance gets lost in the ineptitude of the check down Viking offense. Maybe Kalil will respond to a professional coach, maybe he will resurrect his career elsewhere but he needs to leave his roller skates in Minnesota and try to move on.

  4. whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 5, 2017 12:44 PM
    There is no guarantees in the 1st round of any NFL draft but for the most part, Offensive tackles have rarely bombed out, it’s one of the surest bets there are.

    Unless you are the Vikings and unless you have the #4 overall pick in the draft and your GM is Rick Spielman, then it’s a good bet that you’ll blow it and sure enough, he did.

    Kalil has not lived up to his draft pedigree but his underperformance gets lost in the ineptitude of the check down Viking offense. Maybe Kalil will respond to a professional coach, maybe he will resurrect his career elsewhere but he needs to leave his roller skates in Minnesota and try to move on.

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  5. h0metownzero says:
    Mar 5, 2017 11:57 AM
    He’s been stuck in what the Pioneer Press calls “Loserville, USA” for his whole career. He needs a change of scenery.

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    Very true. I believe that a change of locals would do Kalil a world of good.
    Just last year, Loserville USA drafted a WR in the 1st round that totaled just 1 catch for 15 yards.
    Under these current circumstances this kid doesn’t stand a chance.
    It’s truly sad.

    Jim Marshall picking up a fumble and running to the wrong end zone for a safety is the perfect analogy for the Viking franchise as a whole.
    And it’s never been any truer than today.

  6. Playing tackle is a lot more than just being strong and pushing guys around. He may do better in a different scheme with a different guard next to him. Or not. Only time will tell

  7. This dude stole over $11,000,000 last year. He should play for the league minimum (still overpaid) next year or give the money back.

  8. whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 5, 2017 12:44 PM
    There is no guarantees in the 1st round of any NFL draft but for the most part, Offensive tackles have rarely bombed out, it’s one of the surest bets there are.

    Unless you are the Vikings and unless you have the #4 overall pick in the draft and your GM is Rick Spielman, then it’s a good bet that you’ll blow it and sure enough, he did.

    Kalil has not lived up to his draft pedigree but his underperformance gets lost in the ineptitude of the check down Viking offense. Maybe Kalil will respond to a professional coach, maybe he will resurrect his career elsewhere but he needs to leave his roller skates in Minnesota and try to move on.
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    Offensive tacckles drafted in the first round rarely bomb out huh? Tell that to the GM’s who drafted Robert Gallery, Erik Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Ereck Flowers, Jason Smith, Greg Robinson, D.J. Fluker, Gabe Carimi, Derrick Sherrod, James Carpenter, Levi Brown, etc.

  9. Even when this guy was healthy I remember ziggy ansah eating his lunch. Buyer beware. He never lived up to the hype of where he was drafted.

  10. Look no further than a player’s current fan base to gage what your interest in him should be. Even with Seahawks dire line play, please steer clear of this guy.

  11. People wonder and sometimes ask why the Vikings are always so hapless and tasteless. Then I remind them that Speildope drafted Kalil with the 4th pick in the entire 2012 draft. And then they’re like, oh, yeah, that’s why the Vikings are always so hapless and tasteless.

  12. the trouble is they can’t measure heart. They can tell how fast you run, how much weight you lift, etc. but they can’t measure and quantify the desire to compete and the will to win. If they could, Kahlil would be an accountant today. (no disrespect to accountants intended).

  13. A study was made of all the first round picks for a period of years. They said that half never lived up to what was expected, call it a bust or just not performing up to the level expected.

    Conclusion, Kalil is in the half empty part of the glass, not the full part.

  14. The Vikings should just add depth or upgrade talent on defense. Forget the offense, it’s in shambles. Make that defense so good that it may cancel out an awful offense. Denver did it and won a superbowl. There’s your proof.

    I think the Broncos should do the same thing. Just make that defense so suffocating that other teams can’t score more than 10 points a game.

  15. Matt hasn’t been 100% healthy since his rookie year. He takes injections for his knees, has back and hip issues…. I’m surprised he isn’t retiring to be honest.

  16. He had a solid rookie year, and it has been all downhill since, largely due to his inability to heal from injuries. I wish him well, but as a Viking fan, I will not miss his weekly impersonation of a turnstile.

  17. Among Viking fans, who would be a bigger 1st round bust?

    (thumbs up) Kalil, 4th overall, a human turnstile at LT

    (thumbs down vote) Troy Williamson, 7th overall, a WR who had tremendous speed but couldn’t catch a cold in a Minnesota winter (bonus points for leaving Aaron Rodgers in the green room until the 24th pick when the Packers took him)

  18. Never healthy for the Vikes and now 100% healthy, Colin Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem.

    Amazing how wanting a new contract makes you guys delusional.

  19. Kalil said he was 100% healthy last year too — right before he was lost for the season with a hip injury.

    And speaking of lousy draft picks, if we’re applying the same standards referenced above — see if you can guess what the following first round busts that were picked since 2000 have in common? Jamal Reynlds, Ahmad Carrol, Justin Harrel, Derrick Sherrod, Nick Perry, Dante Jones, Damarius Randall and Kenny Clark.

  20. blueballzny says:
    Mar 5, 2017 1:21 PM

    Offensive tacckles drafted in the first round rarely bomb out huh? Tell that to the GM’s who drafted Robert Gallery, Erik Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Ereck Flowers, Jason Smith, Greg Robinson, D.J. Fluker, Gabe Carimi, Derrick Sherrod, James Carpenter, Levi Brown, etc.
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    You forgot Tony Mandarich, the biggest bust of all. And the Packers drafted him in an era when offensive tackles really never bombed out.

  21. whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 5, 2017 12:44 PM
    There is no guarantees in the 1st round of any NFL draft but for the most part, Offensive tackles have rarely bombed out, it’s one of the surest bets there are.
    )))))))))))))))))
    Thanks for acknowledging the obvious no gurantees.
    Next I wouldn’t bring up OT picks being a packer fans Tony Mandrich is considered one of the biggest bust ever. Stop trolling.

  22. Waffle bringing up a Marshall story but forgetting the whole player. He is someone that belongs in the HOF. Favre broke his record in consecutive games played. Marhsall played on the line took more pounded than Favre. It doesn’t mean anything like you stated. Marshall was a great player for the Vikings and most NFL fans know his contributions to the game.

  23. I would love for the panthers to sign him. It’s an upgrade no matter how you look at it. Some will disagree but i think he is a good player with a high ceiling. He might be out of our price range though.

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