The Carolina Panthers haver re-signed defensive tackle Kawann Short to a five-year deal, after using the franchise tag on him.
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.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short will continue to be a part of the Panthers nation for the next 5 years. Carolina had until July 15 to sign Short to a long term deal according to ESPN.
Short, who enters his fifth National Football League season in 2017, had 17 sacks in the last two seasons (2015-16), the third most among National Football League defensive tackles during that time. Over his four seasons, Short has amassed 176 tackles, including 22 sacks, with 88 quarterback pressures, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. The franchise's decision to rescind the tag on Norman a year ago, letting him walk to the Redskins on a new free agency deal, was a weird thing.
"KK has been very important to what we've been able to accomplish on defense", general manager Dave Gettleman said.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Short will make $40 million over the first two years of the contract. The Panthers really stuck to their guns with this one, locking in their best pass rushing tackle for the next five years.
"KK consistently affects the quarterback and is strong against the run", head coach Ron Rivera said. Off the field, KK is a top-notch young man and great representative of our team. He was selected out of Purdue by the Panthers in the second round (44th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. If he had played 2017 under the franchise tag, he would have made $13.1 million this season.