Panthers land their left tackle, close to deal with Matt Kalil

AP

The Panthers have apparently checked the biggest item off their offfseason to-do list.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Panthers are expected to sign Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil, barring any snags in the final talks.

And since nothing can be official until 4 p.m., there’s always time for a snag, I suppose, since the Vikings wanted to retain him.

But he was the Panthers top priority in the tackle market, someone they identified weeks ago as part of what is expected to be an aggressive start to free agency, as they hope to add a slot corner and possibly a starting-level safety (they were involved in the Barry Church talks), and possibly more defensive line help.

The Panthers hope landing Kalil gives them the stability they lacked at left tackle last year after Michael Oher missed the final 13 games with a concussion. Oher is under contract but still hasn’t cleared the concussion protocol, but he can and has played right tackle in the past if he is cleared to play.

It also reunites Kalil with his big brother, Panthers Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil.

43 responses to “Panthers land their left tackle, close to deal with Matt Kalil

  1. Still need to pick up another OT in free agency, cant go into the season with this guy across from Remmers, just cant. Also that NHPats guy likes being cucked.

  2. As a Vikings fan, I wish Kalil had played better, but I am not sorry to see him go. I grew weary of his human turnstile impersonations on a weekly basis. He was an outright liability against the league’s better pass rushers.

    Good luck Matt. Caveat emptor, Panthers.

  3. Sometimes a player just needs a change of venue to wipe the slate clean and get refocused. Coaches, play calling, atmosphere, teammates, fans, can all negatively affect performance. Somebody somewhere sees something in this guy.

  4. Bull rush, spin move, speed around the edge are his weak spots…so pretty much everything.

    He’s terrible. Never healthy. Only motivated by money.

    Good luck Carolina.

  5. For the Panthers sake, I hope Matt finds a little passion and drive. He’s been a serviceable LT, but he rarely played like someone who wants to be out there.

  6. Can Ryan’s Little Brother play RT? I’m scared to death of him as the protector of Cam’s back, especially since the officials have apparently decided there is no such thing as a late hit or roughing the passer call on anyone who hits him. I still hope they go after Okung and put RLB at right tackle.

  7. Good luck Carolina! Maybe by playing with his brother he will actually be motivated. It doesn’t really matter though as he’s always a couple weeks away from a stint on IR. Hope he came cheap because he isn’t worth much as a player. He is pretty good at knocking a fan’s hats off though.

  8. As a Vikings fan, I straight don’t know how to feel. But on a more practical side, who will play LT for us now?

  9. Actually, Kalil was a very distant contingency plan for the Vikings. They hadn’t had any talks with his agent. The only thing that made Kalil a possibility in Minnesota was a turnstile named Clemmings.

  10. Hey Vike fans maybe playing along side his brother will give motivation for a better performance, regardless he’ll be an upgrade to anything we had last season at that position. #Remmers!!

  11. Best of luck but honestly that’s what it is going to take for him to be good in Carolina… Luck. Cam has already complained in the past about not being treated fairly when getting pummeled, well Cam it is about to get a whole lot worse with the human turnstile to your left.

  12. Ah, Free Agency. Guess it’s time to stop reading comments for a while. So predictable: teams that lose a player say he sucks – teams that gain a player are pleased as punch. Doesn’t anyone have anything substantive to say? Probably not.

  13. He looked promising as a rookie but the injuries quickly caught up to him. He’s getting multiple knee procedures every offseason. When a guy is getting “platelet rich” injections you know it’s dire. He’s basically Brandon Roy at this point.

    His play has been absolutely dreadful for the last few years. The guy can just not move and stay in front of speed rushing ends.

  14. I don’t know much about Matt Kalil but judging by these comments he isn’t very good. I hope the Panthers sign/draft more OTs for Cam’s safety!

  15. From a Minnesota fan, good luck to him. However, he is not the highest rated LT and the games I watched, he showed a lot of times where the rushers had no problem with him. He was frustrating to watch, but all those injuries(knee, hip) must of had an effect on him. If he does turn his career around, I will be happy for him.

    Now, from the Minnesota fans point of view, will Spielman grow a pair, spend a reasonable chunk of the cap ($40 million) and get some GOOD OL. Except for Boone, he always goes to the bargain basement to get OLs. He is cheap and doesn’t know how to evaluate OL. I can’t help but believe the fans will be screaming during the 2017 season about the OL being bad again. Surprise!!

  16. Well being a Panthers fan I have hopes that Ryan will get him energized. The the Panthers have 2 great O-lineman coaches in John Matsko and Ray Brown. So that is a blessing.

    I’m not always keen on having family knteams or in Business, but I have seen Ryan training with Matt from his videos and they have a strong work ethic together.

    This could be the place Matt takes off with being a really good LT.

  17. I am hoping he was just a victim of playing on the worst offensive line in football last year. Every guy looked like a turnstile. Maybe he will play better now knowing players on the side of him won’t constantly be thrown to the ground by Mike Daniels.

  18. Lol funny how all the but hurt viking fans are saying cams going to get killed, we had mike remmers as lt last season! People said the same thing about oher when he first came here and he ended up doing fine. We got a great oline coach and matts going to be with his brother so theirs extra motivation in that. I like this move.

  19. Hopefully Matt “turnstyle” Kalil will play better for you. On a serious note, he can play very well sometimes but seems to lose focus on 2 or 3 plays which at certain times can be game changers.

  20. Matt has a chance to turn things around with a fresh start. He became a target for all things wrong with the offense. He took too much of the blame I thought.Maybe a change in scenery is good for him. He is 100 percent healthy now and that will help him.Good luck in Carolina Matt.

  21. It’s hard to remember given his recent play, but the guy was an all-pro lineman his rookie year. If he can get past the nagging health issues that have bothered him the last few seasons, he could end up being a great signing. All in all, a relatively low risk move for Carolina pending the final contract numbers.

  22. Matt knows he sucked in MN, he’s running away from his problems to a team with his bro. MN has rekt the panthers under Zimmer, can’t wait for Everson to stomp him! 😛

  23. Panther Fans… You might be happy now, but just wait. Kalil is a revolving door. Sure he’s had injuries, but even when healthy he was average at best.

  24. As a Vikings fan I have mixed emotions. Matt has been flat out terrible, but then again left tackle is probably the hardest position next to QB to fill, while it feels good to know we won’t grossly over pay for a below average tackle, it’s scary that we could do worse.

  25. After reading the comments here I hope the Vikings don’t sign Remmers. Panther fans need to realize half or more of the negative comments come from packer trolls. They are on here every Vikings story talking stupid.

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