In an interview on Monday, the center expressed just that, saying "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."
The team rescinding their franchise tender on cornerback Josh Norman made this extension more of a possibility, and defensive tackle Kawann Short is reportedly next in line to be extended.
The 31-year-old Kalil was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl in the last seven years this past season, and was an All-Pro. Carolina's general manager Dave Gettleman spoke highly of Kalil, saying "on and off the field, Ryan is a pro's pro, and we're all very excited about this."
Kalil has been a team captain the past three seasons, each of which the Panthers have made the postseason. He is well known for buying a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer in 2012 that guaranteed a Super Bowl win. They didn't win that season, but they did make it to the big game this year, falling to the Denver Broncos.
The new contract gives the Pro-Bowler another three years to cash in on that guarantee, and with the team being lead by quarterback Cam Newton, they know it is very much in their reach.