Panthers Sign Kawann Short to 5-Year, $80M Deal

Kawann Short to a five-year contract Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't release financial terms of contracts. "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". We've all been told about how much Dave Gettleman values his hog mollies and pass rushers, but this deal really proved it. Norman went on to sign a five-year, $75 million deal with the Washington Redskins days later. 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.

"KK consistently affects the quarterback and is strong against the run", Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. The Panthers got tremendous value out of Short over the past four years - his rookie contract paid him an average of $1.2 million per year.

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). Between a happy Kawann Short, Star Lotulelei on his 5th year option, and Vernon Butler on his second year in the league, the Panthers rotation looks to be stacked this year and for the future.

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A second round pick by the Panthers in 2013, Short has 22 sacks and six forced fumbles in his career.

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

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