Pro Bowl Center Ryan Kalil Unretires to Join Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets addressed a perceived weakness on their offensive line, agreeing to terms with former Carolina Panthers center, the team announced Thursday.
Kalil's contract is for one year, $8.4 million, a source confirmed. NFL Network first reported the terms of the deal. That includes a substantial amount in incentives. He made $7.5 million last season for the Panthers.
Kalil, 34, is slated to take his physical Friday at the Jets' facility, and he could make his practice debut Saturday.
The Jets reached out to Kalil a few weeks ago to gauge his interest in coming out of retirement. They believe Kalil's experience will be a help to second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who still is learning the nuances of coach Adam Gase's offense.
Kalil, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro, had retired after the 2018 season following a 12-year run with the Panthers.
This marks the first significant acquisition for general manager Joe Douglas, who was hired in June.
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