The Panthers announced Friday that they have signed franchise C Ryan Kalil to a five-year contract extension, reportedly making him the highest-paid center in the league.
"Center Ryan Kalil has signed a five-year extension to remain with the Panthers for the long haul," the team wrote on its Twitter account.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the contract is worth $49 million (with $28 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported), which makes Kalil the highest-paid center in the NFL ahead of Jets C Nick Mangold.
Kalil, a two-time Pro Bowler, has started all 16 games each of the last two seasons. The Panthers placed the franchise tag on him on Feb. 22.
The way we see it
The Panthers had a tough choice to make when it came to using the franchise tag this offseason, but made quite the statement by placing it on Kalil, one of the most valuable players on the team. Now, he will be a staple in the middle of the O-line for five more seasons. This is also another example of GM Marty Hurney keeping talent in Carolina — the Panthers signed MLB Jon Beason to an extension late last month.