18 April, 2017
Short's new five-year, $80 million contract pays out a signing bonus of $20 million, per a source with knowledge of the deal.
The team had previously applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to Short in February. After two solid seasons to start his career, Short tied for the league lead among defensive tackles with 11 sacks in 2015, shattering the franchise record for sacks by a defensive tackle by four and earning his first Pro Bowl nomination.
Loyalty paid off for the DT.
A second round pick by the Panthers in 2013, Short has 22 sacks and six forced fumbles in his career.
The Carolina Panthers made sure Kawann Short's contract situation wasn't going to end the same away Josh Norman's did a year ago. That ranks him third among all defensive tackles in the NFL.
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"KK has been very important to what we've been able to accomplish on defense", Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a release.
"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.
Kawann Short got the deal he was looking for from the Carolina Panthers, who avoided another messy split with a franchise player.
Carolina drafted the 28-year-old Short in the second round (44th overall) in the 2013 draft.
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