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Matt Kalil | Tackle

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 317
College: USC
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Vikings LT Matt Kalil is up to 324 pounds.
Kalil played at 308 last season. He's apparently attempting to get stronger after struggling with run blocking and allowing a league-high 12 sacks in 2014. It's also fair to wonder if the added weight came from sitting around more following dual offseason knee surgeries. Owed a whopping $11.09 million base salary in 2016, Kalil is entering a make-or-break year in Minnesota. May 27 - 6:33 PM

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Vikings LT Matt Kalil underwent arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees in January.

Kalil was arguably the NFL's worst left tackle in 2014. The hope is the scopes help Kalil return to form. Kalil is also taking "injections designed to help patients deal with joint pain," like platelet-rich plasma therapy. Kalil was a Pro Bowler as a rookie in 2012. Last season, PFF charted Kalil with a league-high 12 sacks allowed in addition to 14 penalties, tied for second most among offensive tackles.
Source: USA Today
May 6 - 8:46 PM

Vikings exercised their 2016 fifth-year option on LT Matt Kalil.

It wasn't an easy decision as Kalil was the fourth-worst tackle in football last year, according to PFF. But the option is only guaranteed for injury, meaning the Vikings can cut Kalil after this season with no ramifications. If he plays well and they want to keep him, they'll have to pay him $11.09 million in 2016.
May 4 - 11:49 AM

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

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