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Panthers make Ryan Kalil highest-paid center

Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:36 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s pretty clear the Panther see something special in Ryan Kalil, franchise-tagging him before the lockout and promising to pay him $10.2 million just for this season.

Now, the Panthers won’t need to do that. In fact, Carolina is going to pay him even more money.

As Rapid Reporter Steve Reed writes, the Panthers have signed Kalil to a long-term deal, and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the new contract is for six years and $49 million (including $28 million guaranteed).

In case you’re not sure Kalil is worth the kind of money that makes him the highest-paid center in the league, remember that he’s been a Pro Bowl selection the past two years and that Carolina needed to make a big investment to the person who is going to help protect -- and snap the ball to -- franchise player Cam Newton for the next few seasons.

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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:33 pm

Panthers make Ryan Kalil highest-paid center

I find it incrediblyy hard to believe that the Panthers aren't over the new, reduced salary cap with the money they have been throwing around.  They have given just 4 guys over 100 million in guaranteed money.  Add to that another $28 million for this signing.  I applaud the Panthers attempts to rise from the doldrums, but they will very little financial flexibility for quite some time with the back loaded and huge guaranteed contracts they wrote this year.

On another note, I can't freaking wait for the season.

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