Today, the Carolina Panthers and defensive tackle Kawann Short agreed on a five-year deal worth $80MM, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Short becomes the fourth highest paid defensive tackle in the league.
In addition, he will make $40MM in the first two years of his deal and then the last three years average out to $16MM a year.
This is a smart move by the Panthers, as he is one of the main defenders on the team and that he is the best player on that defensive line.
Short came into the league back in 2013. Ever sense putting on that Panthers jersey, he has picked up 22 career sacks with 2015 being his best year in terms of sacks (11).
Now, Short had a good 2016 campaign by notching six sacks and picking up 55 tackles in all 16 games. The team took a step backwards, which hurt some of his production.
Finally, expect the former Purdue product to reach anywhere from eight to ten sacks this upcoming year.