The Carolina Panthers have signed franchise player Kawann Short to a five-year, $80 million deal and will avoid the possibility of a holdout into both OTAs and training camp.
The Panthers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Short on February 27, a move that gave the team and the potential free agent until July 15 to work toward a long-term deal. Kawann Short to a five-year contract Monday. Eleven came in 2015 when he helped lead the Panthers to the Super Bowl while also earning his first Pro Bowl selection. That season he brought down opposing quarterbacks 11 times on his way to being named to the Pro Bowl. After weeks of wondering when Short would actually sign his franchise tag (and probably a few unpleasant reminders of the Josh Norman debacle), Dave Gettleman cranked out the extension Short was looking for all along. The Panthers really stuck to their guns with this one, locking in their best pass rushing tackle for the next five years. "He's a great player, but also a quality young man who has the respect of his teammates in the locker room".
"KK consistently affects the quarterback and is strong against the run", Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. CBS Sports said Short will collect half of that total, a whopping $40 million, over the first two years of the deal. Short tallied six sacks and added blocked a field goal last season, contributing to a franchise record-tying three by the Panthers in 2016.More news: LeBron James says the Cavs have a "good chance" to repeat
He was selected out of Purdue by the Panthers in the second round (44th overall) of the 2013 draft.
Restricted free agent guard Andrew Norwell, and exclusive rights free agents center Tyler Larsen and punter Michael Palardy signed their tenders Monday.