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Panthers C Kalil signs $10 million franchise tender

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil has signed his one-year tender worth more than $10 million.

Team spokesman Charlie Dayton confirmed the move on Thursday, two days after the Panthers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Kalil. If the current rules exist in the new collective bargaining agreement, another team would have had to surrender two first-round picks to sign the two-time Pro Bowl selection.

The franchise tag has been a point of contention with the current labor deal expiring March 3. But Kalil's decision to sign gives him $10 million guaranteed.

The move means running back DeAngelo Williams and defensive end Charles Johnson are positioned to become unrestricted free agents when a new labor deal is reached.

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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