Kalil had spent his entire 12-year career with the Panthers. The 34-year-old played in all 16 games in 2018 after two injury-ravaged seasons, including a serious neck injury in 2017.
A two-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, Kalil represents a massive upgrade for the middle of the Jets' offensive line, which had Jonotthan Harrison penciled in at the pivot. After an offseason of consternation surrounding who would snap the ball to Sam Darnold, the Jets swooped in to convince Kalil to come out of retirement. If he stays healthy in 2019, the issue should be resolved in a big way.