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Matt Kalil | Tackle

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 308
College: USC
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The Vikings have until May 3 to exercise their fifth-year options on LT Matt Kalil and S Harrison Smith.
Under the most recent collective bargaining agreement, teams have a fifth-year option for players drafted in the first round such as Kalil and Smith. Picking up Smith's option seems like a no-brainer, but Kalil's situation is a bit more complicated because he was a top-ten pick. That means Kalil would get paid the average salary of the ten highest-paid players at his position. Joel Corry from the National Football Post believes that figure would be around $10.75 million. That hardly seems worth it after Kalil graded out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-worst offensive tackle in 2014, leaving the Vikings with a tough decision. Feb 12 - 10:19 AM

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Vikings LT Matt Kalil is questionable for Week 12 after being limited in Friday's practice with a knee injury.

Coach Mike Zimmer called it a "minor aggravation" of his knee, and Kalil said he expects to play. Kalil has been terrible this season and still seems to be bothered by the knee injury that hampered him last year. Kalil has given up 11 sacks already this season.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 12:29:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil said he battled through a right knee injury that affected his play last season.

"It was some problems with my knee swelling up, becoming inflamed," Kalil said. "And that affected the way I move and stuff like that." It helps explain the precipitous dropoff in play from Kalil's Pro Bowl rookie season. Kalil had the knee scoped this offseason and expects to be 100% by training camp.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 08:28:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil is recovering from a knee scope.

Kalil sat out voluntary workouts earlier this month, and has been limited to individual drills in this week's OTAs. He underwent the procedure "about four or five weeks ago," and is fully expected to be ready for training camp. The No. 4 overall pick of the 2012 draft is looking to bounce back from a disappointing sophomore campaign.
Source: USA Today
Thu, May 29, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil (undisclosed) is not participating in this week's minicamp.

Kalil battled shoulder and back injuries last season, seeing his play drop off sharply from his impressive rookie campaign. It sounds like he underwent some kind of minor clean-up procedure. "Yeah, I would say that was a big part of it last year," Kalil said of his injury. "I'm not too worried about it now. It's all fixed. Just rehabbing and doing all that." Kalil expects to be ready for May OTAs.
Thu, May 1, 2014 08:14:00 AM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil (back) is active for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Giants.

Kalil was listed as questionable after missing practice on Friday and Saturday. He'll see plenty of Giants RE Jason Pierre-Paul in this one.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 07:11:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil (back) is questionable for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Giants.

Kalil didn't practice at all this week due to lower back tightness. He expects to play barring any setbacks and is officially a game-time decision.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 02:55:00 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil revealed that he battled pneumonia last season and played the final three games at 290-295 pounds.

Kalil says he dropped as low as 280 this offseason. He's now back up to his normal playing weight of 305, but Kalil says he plans to bulk up to 315 for his sophomore season. The weight loss likely explains why he gave up two sacks in the final two games after giving up just one in his first 15 contests.
Wed, May 1, 2013 10:52:00 PM

Vikings first-round LT Matt Kalil hasn't allowed a sack through four games.

Kalil, the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, has been as advertised. He didn't allow a single sack of Matt Barkley during his final season at USC and is keeping Christian Ponder clean at the NFL level. It's one of the reasons the Vikings are off to a 3-1 start.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 11:24:00 AM

Matt Kalil has taken all the first-team left tackle reps at Vikings camp, as expected.

The Vikings aren't going to ease the No. 4 overall pick in. After not allowing a single sack as a junior at USC last season, Kalil will stabilize Christian Ponder's blind side. Last year's left tackle, Charlie Johnson, should have a bounce-back year at his more natural left guard spot.
Thu, Aug 9, 2012 08:38:00 AM

Vikings agreed to terms with No. 4 overall pick LT Matt Kalil on a four-year, $19.77 million contract.

The consensus top tackle prospect in the draft, Kalil projects to serve as the Vikings' franchise left tackle for a decade. He didn't allow a single sack while manning that spot for USC last season. At 6'7/295, the younger brother of Panthers center Ryan Kalil figures to get even better in the run game once he adds some size. Only four first-round picks now remain unsigned.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 12:48:00 PM

The Vikings are insisting on including full offset language in the contract for No. 4 overall pick LT Matt Kalil.

As a projected franchise left tackle, Kalil is highly unlikely to be cut in the next four years. That makes this cumbersome offset language issue a virtual moot point. But the Vikings insist on including it for all their draft picks, so the two sides are haggling.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 10:22:00 AM

Vikings selected USC LT Matt Kalil with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

The Vikings were able to trade down a spot and still get the player they've been most consistently linked to since the draft order was finalized. This year's consensus top tackle prospect, Kalil clocks in at a mountainous 6-foot-7, 295 pounds, and could immediately be a top-ten left tackle. Protecting potential 2013 No. 1 pick Matt Barkley, Kalil didn't allow a single sack his final season at USC. Now moving to left guard, Charlie Johnson's days of manning the blindside in Minnesota are over.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 08:27:00 PM

GM Buddy Nix laughed off reports that the Bills will attempt to trade up in the draft for USC LT Matt Kalil.

According to Nix, there's no "validity" to the reports and he's expressed no interest in moving either way. Nix went on to add that he's more likely to move down than up because he can't afford to surrender the extra pick(s) it would take to land Kalil.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 01:58:00 PM

A source tells the Buffalo News that the Bills' interest in trading up for USC LT Matt Kalil is "legitimate," and gives the team a "good chance" to secure this year's top offensive tackle.

NFL Network's Charley Casserly reported this first last night, and it has also been confirmed by In this scenario, the Bills would wait for the Vikings to go on the clock at three to get serious about proposals of compensation. Buffalo is willing to surrender pick Nos. 10 and 41 in order to move up for Kalil. Minnesota may ask for a late-round "sweetener," but this looks like a draft-day deal that has strong potential to happen.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 09:30:00 AM