Panthers sign LT Matt Kalil, DB Captain Munnerlyn
Posted March 9
Updated March 10
Charlotte, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a five-year deal with unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Matt Kalil, the team announced Friday afternoon.
Kalil’s deal is worth $55.5 million with $25 million guaranteed, according to USA Today NFL reporter Tom Pelissaro.
The five-year veteran left tackle is the younger brother of Carolina’s All-Pro starting center Ryan Kalil.
“We went through a lengthy evaluation process, including exhaustive film study, and Matt’s got everything we’re looking for at the left tackle position,” Panthers' general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement. “Matt’s an all-around great player with ability as a run blocker and pass protector. He can play with power and aggressiveness and he has the toughness and competitiveness we expect from our offensive linemen.
"He will work with a great duo of offensive line coaches in John Matsko and Ray Brown who I know will maximize his talents. We’re just really excited about being able to add him.”
Kalil was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Southern California.
The former Trojan started in all 16 regular season games in each of his first four seasons with Minnesota. Kalil appeared in only two games last season after being placed on injured reserve with a hip injury.
Kalil underwent surgery in September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.
Carolina was in search of a starting left tackle due to the uncertainty of Michael Oher, who has been in concussion protocol since September.
Offensive tackle Mike Remmers assumed Oher’s duties on the left side of the line after the injury.
Remmers was not retained by Carolina and signed a deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday worth $30 million, according to his agent, Brett Tessler.
Carolina reserve linebacker A.J. Klein parted ways with the team Thursday afternoon, announcing via Twitter that he signed with the division rival New Orleans Saints. The Panthers also lost veteran wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., to the Saints Thursday afternoon.
Captain Munnerlyn returns to Panthers
Carolina on Friday also agreed to terms with former nickel corner Captain Munnerlyn, according to multiple reports.
Carolina’s newly signed wide receiver Charles Johnson – a teammate of Kalil and Munnerlyn’s in Minnesota for the past three seasons – said Friday during a press conference that he spoke with Munnerlyn earlier in the day at Bank of America Stadium.
A Panthers spokesperson confirmed that Munnerlyn was in the building, but the team has yet to announce the signing.
The Panthers selected Munnerlyn with the No. 216 overall pick in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.
Munnerlyn spent his first five seasons in Carolina before signing a three-year deal worth $11.25 million in 2014 with Minnesota.
The former South Carolina Gamecock appeared in 80 games with 11 starts in five years with Carolina, tallying 213 tackles, 39 passes defended, seven interception – five returned for touchdowns – five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.
Last season, Munnerlyn recorded 38 tackles, three passes defended, one forced fumble and was held without an interception for the first time since 2011.