The New York Jets just added some veteran experience in the trenches.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Jets have signed center Ryan Khalil to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $8.4 million for the 2019 season.
The #Jets and C Ryan Kalil have agreed to terms on a 1-year deal worth $8.4M, source said. A hefty payday and worth it for NYJ. Huge lift for that line and for QB Sam Darnold.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 1, 2019
Before the 2018 campaign had even begun, Khalil had made his intentions to retire after the season clear. The Pro-Bowl center started all 16 games for the Panthers before the season came to an end and he made good on his word. Khalil retired after 12 years in the NFL, all with the Panthers.
Although the offensive lineman promised retirement, Jets General Manger Joe Douglas was convincing enough to lure him out. Ian Rapoport states that the conversations to sign Khalil have been present for seven weeks.
The addition of Ryan Khalil fills a much needed position on roster. Not only does the signing of the center provide some veteran experience along the offensive line, but also gives extra protection for second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.
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