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Kawann Short | Defensive Lineman | #99

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 315
College: Purdue
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (44) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Panthers coach Ron Rivera concedes the team will probably have to use the franchise tag on impending free agent DT Kawann Short.
The No. 44 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Short has been a beast in the middle of the Panthers' defense. Short is supposedly seeking $17-$19 million per season. The Panthers could be perfectly content to kick the can down the road to 2018, as DT Star Lotulelei's contract is up after next season and 2016 first-rounder Vernon Butler is developing. Feb 2 - 2:30 PM

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ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton considers the franchise tag a possibility for impending free agent DT Kawann Short.

There are a lot of directions the Panthers could go at defensive tackle. 2013 first-rounder Star Lotulelei is heading into the final year of his deal and will also be looking for a long-term contract. And 2016 first-rounder Vernon Butler may be ready to step up but could use another year of development. Letting Short walk isn't out of the realm of possibilities for GM Dave Gettleman in a deep draft class. Short is expected to ask for $17-19 million annually on a new contract.
Jan 23 - 10:02 AM

Impending free agent DT Kawann Short said he "would like to avoid" the franchise tag.

"If it happens, it happens," Short added. "I need to be professional about the whole situation." Every player would like to land a long-term deal and avoid the tag, but that might not be possible in this situation. Short is likely looking for a deal near the $17 million per Fletcher Cox landed from the Eagles, and the Panthers were reportedly not willing to go over $15 million annually last summer. Like with Josh Norman last offseason, the Panthers could be headed toward an extended standoff with one of their top defensive players. For what it is worth, Short did say he would sign the franchise tender if it came to that, but a report was quickly leaked to Pro Football Talk walking that comment back.
Jan 3 - 10:50 AM

The Associated Press' Steve Reed reports the Panthers and walk-year DT Kawann Short are not expected to reach a deal before the season.

Reed says negotiations will continue after the season, but at that point Short might be interested in trying his hand a free agency. The franchise tag remains an option, perhaps the most likely one. Short is likely looking for Fletcher Cox money ($17 million AAV), but the Panthers are reportedly not willing to go above $15 million per year.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 09:06:00 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said negotiations are ongoing with walk-year DT Kawann Short.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported earlier this month negotiations were "effectively dead." Either way, it does not seem likely the two sides reach an agreement before the regular season. Short has missed the last several days of practice with an undisclosed injury.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 11:45:00 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports extension talks between the Panthers and contract-year DT Kawann Short are "effectively dead."

It's not a surprise, as Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson have reset the market for defensive tackles, and the Panthers currently appear unwilling to go beyond $15 million per season. Short will bet on himself ahead of a possible franchise tag next spring.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 06:52:00 PM

Panthers contract-year DT Kawann Short reported for the first day of training camp Wednesday.

As expected. Short skipped voluntary workouts during the spring, but showed up to mandatory minicamp and isn't going to cause a stir this summer. GM Dave Gettleman reportedly is unwilling to give Short more than $15 million annually on a new deal, but Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson both just got more than $17 million. Short might be looking at the tag next year.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 09:39:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Panthers walk-year DT Kawann Short will report for camp.

Short sat out OTAs, but he returned for the mandatory portion of the offseason program. He should be the Panthers' No. 1 contract priority heading into the preseason, but reports have suggested GM Dave Gettleman is unwilling to pay much more than $15 million per season on a new deal. With Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson both recently getting more than $17 million annually, that likely will not be enough to get something done.
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 12:23:00 PM

According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, "the sense inside the building" is that Panthers GM Dave Gettleman "won't go much more than $15 million per season" in contract talks with DT Kawann Short.

Fletcher Cox set the market for interior defenders with a six-year, $103 million extension worth at least $63 million guaranteed. Cox's deal averages over $17 million annually, higher than Gettleman is willing to go with Short. The second-team All-Pro arrived at mandatory minicamp Monday after skipping OTAs. Gettleman may need to up the ante to get Short locked up before training camp.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 08:27:00 AM

Panthers contract-year DT Kawann Short reported to mandatory minicamp on Monday.

Short sat out OTAs while campaigning for a new contract but wasn't willing to risk the $76,000 fine for skipping minicamp. The 27-year-old is coming off a breakout year that included his first All-Pro selection. The Panthers can afford to sign him to a new deal after rescinding Josh Norman's franchise tag.
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 11:48:00 AM

Panthers contract-year DT Kawann Short is skipping OTAs.

Short was not present at last week's sessions, and he is expected to skip this week's practices as well. Black and Blue Review reports the absences are contract related, with Short likely trying to gain leverage in ongoing negotiations. These practices are technically voluntary, but Short could make a bigger statement by skipping mandatory minicamp next week. Considering Carolina let Josh Norman walk in part because they wanted to make a long-term investment in Short, there is little chance he reaches training camp without a new deal.
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 10:32:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers and contract-year DT Kawann Short have opened extension negotiations.

GM Dave Gettleman loves his "hog mollies" and has even more money to spend after allowing All-Pro CB Josh Norman to walk last month. Short was a Pro Bowl selection last season and named Second-Team All-Pro, while grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 4 defensive tackle. He dominated as a pass rusher and run stopper. The Panthers want to keep stud DTs Star Lotulelei and Short together for a long time. Lotulelei's 2017 option was recently exercised.
Mon, May 9, 2016 12:29:00 PM

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe believes the Panthers could sign DT Kawann Short to a contract extension with the money they saved by rescinding Josh Norman's franchise tag.

Volin is just speculating but it seems like a no-brainer for the Panthers now that they have over $31 million available in cap space. While it's still a mystery why Carolina let Norman walk, it's possible the Panthers didn't feel they had enough cap room to accommodate both Norman and Short with so much money already committed to Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly. Short was a second-team All-Pro last season and should remain in Carolina for the foreseeable future.
Sun, Apr 24, 2016 10:04:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer expects the Panthers to sign DT Kawann Short to a long-term contract this offseason.

He's entering the last year of his rookie contract and is due for a raise after earning PFF's fourth-highest defensive tackle grade out of 70 qualifiers in 2015. Carolina will also have to make a decision on Star Lotulelei, whose fifth-year option must be exercised by May. Short was among the best pass-rushing defensive tackles in football this past season. Lotulelei struggled in that area but was better against the run.
Sun, Feb 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Panthers DT Kawann Short has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6.

We haven't had a blurb on Short in over two years since shortly after he was drafted with the No. 44 overall pick in the 2013 draft. PFF's No. 9 overall defensive tackle last season, Short's game has taken another step forward in 2015. He's PFF's No. 4 interior lineman after six weeks and recorded eight combined sacks, hits, and hurries of Russell Wilson last Sunday. He's an underrated star.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 09:51:00 AM

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