The Carolina Panthers had a glaring need at offensive tackle heading into free agency this offseason. Michael Oher has been in the concussion protocol since week three of 2016 and Mike Remmers is believed by most to be gone after struggling again last season.
Former Viking offensive tackle Matt Kalil, the brother of Panthers center Ryan Kalil, was the hot talk for them going into free agency. It seems the Panthers are wanting to waste no time in striking the deal in a market that's seen some tackles already agreeing to terms during the tampering period.
Matt Kalil was a Pro Bowl tackle his rookie year, showing why the Vikings drafted him fourth overall in 2012. His play fell in 2013 and knee injuries sent him spiraling in a bad 2014 season. He started off strong in 2015 before once again having struggles down the stretch. He was sidelined and had to have hip surgery on a torn labrum in 2016, but has since said he is "ready to go" for 2017.
The hope in all this is that a new scenery and his Pro Bowl brother Ryan may be able to get him back to form. This move made all kinds of sense for the Panthers at a position they had to do something. It will be interesting to see if they bring in another tackle with the very uncertain future of Michael Oher.
Written By Tripp Morgan
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