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Panthers sign Ryan Kalil to two-year extension

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Panthers lock in Kalil with two-year extension (0:33)

Adam Schefter breaks down the details behind the Panthers signing center Ryan Kalil to a two-year contract extension to keep him through at least 2018. (0:33)

The Carolina Panthers signed Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil to a two-year contract extension on Monday that ties him to the team through the 2018 season.

Before signing the new extension, he was set to enter the final season of the six-year, $49 million extension he signed with the team in 2011.

"I think it's something that a lot of guys start thinking about toward the end of their career, where they're gonna finish," Kalil said in a conference call. "And for this organization to give me that opportunity to finish my career here means the world to me. And I couldn't imagine finishing my career in a better place than this franchise."

When the Panthers decided to rescind their franchise tender on cornerback Josh Norman, general manager Dave Gettleman said the team did so in part to gain salary-cap flexibility to re-sign other players on the team. Besides Kalil, defensive tackle Kawann Short also is a candidate to receive an extension.

"Ryan is still playing at an extremely high level and was very deservedly an All-Pro again in 2015," Gettleman said in a statement. "The other part of this is that Ryan is a great leader. In 2014, he was instrumental in keeping that offensive line group together. That group had a lot of young players and there were moving parts because of injuries, but Ryan helped them maintain their confidence, and that was a big part of us winning five of our last six games. On and off the field, Ryan is a pro's pro, and we're all very excited about this."

Kalil, 31, was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl in seven seasons in 2015 and has been a team captain each of the past three seasons.

He made headlines in 2012 when he bought a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer declaring that the Panthers would win the Super Bowl that season. The Panthers didn't make the playoffs that season, but they have reached the postseason each of the past three seasons, including in 2015, when they advanced to the Super Bowl but came up short in the title game against the Denver Broncos.

"I think this franchise is one of the best in the world, and that really goes from the top down," Kalil said. "So to be able to stay here and help the team continue to find success, and for the Panthers to reach out to me and allow me to stay here and continue to play, it means a lot, it means the world.

"I'm truly honored to be recognized as being somewhat part of that formula ... and also want to make sure that I do my part and continue to help the team find ways to win."

ESPN's Mike Triplett contributed to this report.