By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Carolina Panthers have signed franchise-tendered defensive tackle Kawann Short to a five-year deal. He could earn up to $80 million.
He can earn up to $40 million in the first two years. He could have made $13.1 million under the franchise tag, but now could average $16 million per.
He is now signed through the 2021 season.
“KK has been very important to what we’ve been able to accomplish on defense,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “In 2013, when we drafted KK, I thought he was the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the Draft, and he’s been able to develop into one of the top young defensive tackles in the NFL. Off the field, KK is a top-notch young man and great representative of our team. I’m absolutely thrilled that we were able to get this deal done.”
Short will be entering his fifth season in the NFL in 2017. Over the past two seasons, he had 17 sacks.
During the 2015 season, he had 11 sacks, the most by a defensive tackle in franchise history.
“KK consistently affects the quarterback and is strong against the run,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “The mismatches he creates for us on defense force opponents to be aware of him at all times and give us an edge along the defensive line. He’s a great player, but also a quality young man who has the respect of his teammates in the locker room. He’s everything we’re looking for in a Panther.”
In his first four-years, Short has made 41 starts in 64 appearances over his career. He has made 32 starts over the past two seasons.
With the Panthers, he has had a 176 tackles, 22 sacks, 88 quarterback pressures, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 13 pass deflections. Carolina drafted Short with the 44th overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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