Panthers sign DT Kawann Short to 5-year extension

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The Panthers announced Monday that the team signed Short, who is now under contract with the Panthers through the 2021 season.

The Panthers used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Short on February 27 and had until July 15 to sign him to a long-term contract. Short could have signed the franchise tag and played the 2017 season under it, but instead he signed the five-year deal.

The deal is worth $80 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. That season he brought down opposing quarterbacks 11 times on his way to being named to the Pro Bowl.

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According to Overthecap.com, $45 million would put Kawann Short just behind Ndamukong Suh in terms of the most guaranteed money for 4-3 defensive tackles. "I'm absolutely thrilled that we were able to get this deal done". Which is not an overwhelming amount by any means, even by the standards of defensive tackles, a position where even the best struggle to get double-digit sacks in any given season.

Coach Ron Rivera also has said that the former Purdue star was "too important of a player" for Carolina not to re-sign. He's a great player, but also a quality young man who has the respect of his teammates in the locker room. Last season, Short tallied six sacks and added blocked a field goal, contributing to a franchise record-tying three by the Panthers in 2016. "He's everything we're looking for in a Panther". Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was under the spotlight this offseason after rescinding the franchise tag to cornerback Josh Norman a year ago.

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