Panthers franchise center Ryan Kalil

Updated: February 23, 2011, 1:56 AM ET
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The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday used the "non-exclusive" franchise tag on center Ryan Kalil.

Kalil is planning on signing the team's franchise offer sheet, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The players' union has questioned the validity of the franchise tag for next season with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire, so Kalil's decision to sign the offer is an interesting one.

The 25-year-old Kalil is coming off his second straight Pro ...

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