Pro Bowl Center Kalil Ends Retirement, Joins Jets

Alec Gearty
August 01, 2019 - 2:55 pm

Five-time Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil is coming out of retirement to join the New York Jets.

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The Jets announced on Thursday that the team has reached a deal with Kalil, 34, who must first pass a physical in order to officially join the team. Kalil, a 2007 second round draft pick, spent his entire career with the Carolina Panthers before initially announcing his retirement in December.

Kalil's deal is for one year and worth $8.4 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport


Kalil took to his social media to announce his return. First, with a GIF from the 2013 film, 'The Wolf of Wall Street." He then posts a clip of Billy Crystal, who dons a New York Yankees cap, to essentially confirm the signing.

The Arizona native brings the veteran experience needed for team's offensive line, which allowed quarterback Sam Darnold to be sacked 30 times in 2018. Kalil started in 145-of 148 total games throughout his illustrious 12-year career, including each of Carolina's matchups last season.