Former Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil is coming out of retirement and signing with the New York Jets. Kalil went on his Twitter Thursday afternoon and posted multiple New York related GIFs hinting at his signing and Ian Rapoport later reported Kalil's deal to join Sam Darnold, Le'Veon Bell, Adam Gase and the rest of the Jets offense.
Kalil had said 2018 would be his final season in January of last year and every indication this offseason was that Kalil had planned to stay true to his word until Thursday's announcement. Rapoport reported that the Jets had been recruiting Kalil for 6 to 7 weeks leading up to his eventual agreement to join the team.
Kalil spent all of his previous 12 NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Kalil went to 5 Pro Bowls and was a 2-time All-Pro with Carolina, but hasn't received either honor since 2015. Kalil will take over at center for the Jets where they've struggled to replace legendary center Nick Mangold since his retirement in 2016. Kalil is a more than capable of filling the big shoes that Mangold left behind at the starting center position.
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