Panthers unite T Matt Kalil with brother Ryan

Matt Kalil (ESPN photo)

The Carolina Panthers are expected to sign Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil, ESPN reported Thursday.

The proposed deal reportedly is a five-year contract that will pay Kalil $55.5 million, with $25 million of it guaranteed.

Kalil played all 16 games as a starter his first four seasons, but was limited to two games in 2016 because of a hip injury.

The Panthers had identified Kalil as a top priority weeks ago, according to the ESPN report. The Panthers' No. 1 left tackle in 2016, Michael Oher, missed the final 13 games with a concussion. Oher is under contract, but has not yet cleared the concussion protocol.

The move unites Kalil with his brother, Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil.

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