Matt Kalil’s actual contract numbers are far more impressive

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At first blush, the contract signed by tackle Matt Kalil in Carolina doesn’t look as good as advertised, thanks to an error in the summary prepared by the NFLPA. With the accurate information, it’s a far better deal.

The mistake appears in the fully-guaranteed 2018 base salary, which per NFLPA records is $1 million. Per a source with knowledge of the deal, it’s actually $11 million.

The face of the contract shows that the $11 million salary drops to $1 million once a $10 million option bonus is exercised in 2018.

So Kalil will get $24 million fully guaranteed at signing. And as a practical matter the Panthers can move on after giving him $24 million over two years, because after that it essentially becomes a year-to-year contract.

11 responses to “Matt Kalil’s actual contract numbers are far more impressive

  1. That’s essentially what the Vikings gave him last year by picking up his fifth-year option. It would be a one-year trial period to see if his knee issues had been resolved and he could live up to his potential. Unfortunately, he couldn’t play all year because of his hip. Carolina would have been crazy to do anything other than this.

  2. Just watch the tape from his 2nd year onward, you’d be hard pressed to call him a starting tackle. I know, I know, the Vikings did but let’s see if he can survive on a real NFL team.

  3. “…if the salary cap keeps going up $10 million or more per year.”
    If it doesn’t, the world as a whole will be in the crapper.

  4. So Kalil will get $24 million fully guaranteed at signing.

    Still a terrible contract. I hope cam Newton negotiated into his contract that the team pay his insurance should he suffer a major injury.

  5. tjacks7 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 12:52 PM
    Lol is that a photo of Kalil completely fanning on a block?


    That was the best one available.

  6. As a Viking fan, was frustrated by his play but after watching those that followed last year would have welcomed him back. We got spoiled with some of the offensive linemen in the past and who knows what he will turn out to be 3 years from now. Must also take a cheap shot now that he is gone, couple years ago he got into trouble for knocking a hat off a heckler leaving the stadium after a home game. thought the heckler should have taken heat for not just moving to Kalil’s left. Do wish him well, never heard any off field issues which is almost unique these days.

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