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Carolina Panthers release left tackle Matt Kalil

New Panthers center Matt Paradis speaks on what it means to be replacing Ryan Kalil

New center, Matt Paradis signed a three-year deal to take over for now retired and longtime starter, Ryan Kalil.
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New center, Matt Paradis signed a three-year deal to take over for now retired and longtime starter, Ryan Kalil.

The Carolina Panthers have released left tackle Matt Kalil, a league source told the Observer on Thursday afternoon.

Kalil, 29, was about to enter the third year on a five-year, $55.5 million contract with the team. He missed the 2018 season with a knee injury suffered in training camp.

The source said that Kalil will be designated as a post-June 1 cut, which saves the Panthers approximately $7 million against the 2019 salary cap.

However, the move still leaves the Panthers with about $14 million in dead money — the amount of salary cap space allocated to the released Kalil — between 2019 and 2020.

The team later confirmed the release.

This story will be updated.

Jourdan has covered the Carolina Panthers as a beat writer since 2016, and froze during Pennsylvania winters as an award-winning Penn State football beat writer before that. A 2014 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, she’s on a never-ending quest for trick plays and the stories that give football fans goosebumps.


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