Panthers sign DT Kawann Short to 5-year extension

The Carolina Panthers haver re-signed defensive tackle Kawann Short to a five-year deal, after using the franchise tag on him.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported terms of the agreement. The two parties had until July 15 to work on a long-term agreement.

He was the seventh player in Panthers history to receive the franchise tag, joining punter Todd Sauerbrun (2003), tackle Jordan Gross (2008), defensive end Julius Peppers (2009), center Ryan Kalil (2011), defensive end Greg Hardy (2014) and cornerback Josh Norman (2016).

Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer confirmed some details on the numbers, confirming that it is a 5 year $80 million deal.

The 28-year-old defender has spent his entire four-year National Football League career as a member of the Panthers while it appears that the franchise is now ready to more than double his tenure in Carolina.




Short, 28, was hit with the franchise tag back in February.

"KK has been very important to what we've been able to accomplish on defense", Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement released by the team. "I'm absolutely thrilled that we were able to get this deal done". Long a believer that a team is built through the "hog mollies" up front and on the defensive line, Gettleman lauded the way his top-flight tackles and ends can make his offensive line better. Over his four seasons, Short has amassed 176 tackles, including 22 sacks, with 88 quarterback pressures, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. "He's everything we're looking for in a Panther".

Short said he planned to celebrate the new contract by working out with his teammates on the first day of the team's offseason conditioning program. He was originally selected by the Panthers in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Purdue.

Carolina also announced that starting guard Andrew Norwell had signed his tender for 2017 (worth $2.75 million).

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