The return of Ryan Kalil is good for the New York Jets

Former Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil announced his retirement after the 2018 season. His retirement has already come to an end, for now at least, as the New York Jets announced on Thursday that they have agreed to a deal with Kalil.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the deal is for one year and $8.4 million. The deal is pending a physical.

The Jets reached out to Kalil a couple of weeks ago to see if he was interested in coming out of retirement. The team believes that Kalil can help second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Ryan Kalil spent his entire 12-year career with the Panthers. He is a five-time Prow Bowler and was named a first-team All-Pro twice. Last year he played a full season after having two injury-filled seasons.

The center position was one of the Jets biggest needs in the offseason. The Jets had shown interest in Matt Paradis, but Paradis ended up signing with the Panthers.

With Paradis out of the picture, the Jets had to decide whether to try to get someone else or stick with Jonotthan Harrison. Harrison was going to be the Jets starter unless they found someone else.

Kalil signing with the Jets is a good thing because Kalil is a nice upgrade over Harrison. Harrison only has 45 careers starts at center while Kalil has 145 career starts at center.

Last year Kalil was graded 17th among all centers, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Harrison ranked 31st among centers and Spencer Long, who was the Jets starting center last year until he got injured, was ranked 38th.

Kalil is clearly the better choice for center than Harrison. However, if Kalil gets injured, then expect Harrison to fill in. If Kalil can stay healthy, then the Jets offense can be better than it was last year.

Signing Kalil was a good, smart move by the Jets. If Kalil can help make Darnold and the offense better, then the Jets can be winners this year.

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