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Matt Kalil had offer to stay with Vikings, per Mike Zimmer

According to head coach Mike Zimmer, Matt Kalil had an offer on the table to re-join the Minnesota Vikings this offseason before signing with the Carolina Panthers.

The offensive tackle, the fourth overall pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2012 NFL Draft, signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers this past offseason. However, his up-and-down play has followed him to his new team.

However, the Vikings tried to re-sign him this offseason. Head coach Mike Zimmer was asked about his former blind-side protector on Wednesday and said the team attempted to bring him back before he decided to go elsewhere.

Kalil would wind up signing a five-year deal worth $55 million in Carolina.

Kalil’s career has tapered off since his rookie season in 2012, where he was named to the Pro Bowl. He is currently the 63rd-ranked offensive tackle in the league in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus, and has gotten Cam Newton crushed on numerous occasions.

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