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Panthers part ways with veteran left tackle Kalil (via

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Veteran left tackle Matt Kalil has been released by the Panthers.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers on Thursday cleared $7.25 million in salary-cap space by releasing veteran left tackle Matt Kalil.

The move, which leaves the team with a $14.7 million hit in dead money, has a post-June 1 designation.

Former general manager Dave Gettleman signed Kalil in free agency prior to the 2017 season to fill a void on the line. That reunited Kalil with his brother, longtime Panthers center Ryan Kalil, who retired after this past season.

The five-year, $55.5 million deal for Matt Kalil, who missed most of the 2016 season for Minnesota with a hip injury, was criticized by league pundits. The criticism continued as Kalil struggled early in the 2017 season, receiving a 36.6 grade from Pro Football Focus that was one of the worst among starting left tackles

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